Memphis veterinarian not guilty of animal cruelty

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis Animal Shelter veterinarian has been found not guilty of animal cruelty in the starvation of dogs at the shelter.

The Commercial Appeal reports a jury deliberated for four hours before reaching that verdict Saturday night.

Angela Middleton was charged after an October 2009 raid on the shelter.

Prosecutors argued that Middleton was ultimately responsible for health of the animals there. They said she should have done more than just report concerns about shelter conditions to her superiors.

Middleton's attorney argued that his client was not responsible for the dogs' deaths. He said there were more than 50 employees and volunteers feeding the hundreds of animals at the shelter.

Former shelter director Ernest Alexander and former administrative supervisor Tina Quattlebaum also will be tried on animal cruelty charges.


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