We wish to extend deep gratitude to all of our supporters who wrote to the Lancaster County Attorney regarding the Taj Mahal breeding kennel in Malcolm, Nebraska. Today your voices were heard. Julia Hudson was sentenced to two years probation (the maximum) and during that time she will not be allowed to own, possess, reside with or raise any dogs. She will be subject to searches of her premises, her person and her vehicle at any time. She has also been ordered to pay restitution to Hearts United for Animals for the expenses associated with the care of the 19 Lancaster County Rock Stars whom we rescued from her facility in April. In addition she will need to perform 120 hours of community service.
Ms Hudson’s attorney began today by stating that Julia Hudson’s dogs were simply livestock. He stated that they are not here to be cuddled and pampered. He said they are for profit, just like hens and hogs who urinate, defecate and eat in the same small cages that afford them no room to even turn around. He said they are not pets and all she did was treat livestock like livestock, therefore she was baffled by the accusation that she had done anything wrong. He also stated that he did not feel that Ms Hudson should have to pay restitution for medical expenses incurred by Hearts United in saving the dogs. He said that if they were in bad shape they should have been euthanized in order to save money. He stated that the demonstrators “just” had a moral objection and were too emotional.
The prosecuting attorney did a wonderful job. He pointed out her longstanding pattern of uncorrected behavior, described her disgusting premises in detail, and listed each illness and injury found by the HUA veterinarian. He then read an excerpt of a letter from a neighbor who had encountered some of the Hudson dogs. He is a retired sheriff who stated that through all his years in law enforcement, having encountered many corpses, he had still never smelled anything as horrific as the Taj Mahal dogs. He said that he saw Ms Hudson smack a dog so hard that he had to turn his head in disgust. The prosecutor said that Ms Hudson’s excuses were wearing thin and that she was clearly unwilling to learn a lesson and correct her actions. He then asked for the stiffest possible sentence.
The judge began his remarks by telling Ms Hudson that what she had done was “no less than to create an animal Auschwitz.” He said that an individual has to be very insensitive to think that an animal cannot feel cold, hunger, pain or abandonment. He pointed out that she offered no apology, no admission of wrongdoing. He told her that she was a person driven by money and that it was clear that nothing else mattered to her. While he could have imposed jail time or a fine that would not have kept her from owning animals, and he realized that would be the most beneficial sentence. We applaud Judge Timothy Phillips as well as prosecutor Corey Rothrock for their fine efforts and good judgment in this case.