(Mountain Home) – An Arkansas woman who was convicted in one of the largest animal abuse cases in US history is now suing the Baxter County Jail, saying that her medical needs and religious rights were not observed.
KYTV in Springfield reports Tammy Hanson, formerly of Gamaliel, says she wasn’t given the food needed for her medical conditions, and that she was denied medical care during her one-year sentence. She also claims prison officials wouldn’t let her practice her religion and that her cell was too small to live in.
Hanson fled Arkansas in 2005 after being charged with neglecting nearly 500 dogs, many of which were rescued from Hurricane Katrina, that had been placed in her care. She and her husband, William Hanson, ran Every Dog Needs A Home (EDNAH) in Gamaliel.
She was arrested by federal agents in Vermont July 18 2009 after being on the run for multiple years, and was later convicted on multiple counts of Cruelty to Animals and Failing to Appear in Court. Her husband was arrested and convicted of similar charges.