Tammy Hanson lost the appeal that she filed to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit following her loss at a week-long civil jury trial in U. S. District Court in Harrison on May 16, 2014.Hanson originally was arrested on multiple counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and other charges following the investigation into the EDNAH (Every Dog Needs A Home) compound that she operated in Baxter County in 2005. At the time, investigators called it the largest animal cruelty case ever reported in the nation. Hundreds of dogs were seized, and the compound was put temporarily under the control of the sheriff.
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Hanson and her husband, William Hanson, were convicted in Baxter County District Court of 20 counts of cruelty to animals. A judge ordered them to re-appear for sentencing on Feb. 23, 2006, but they fled. The Hansons remained fugitives from justice until they were arrested in Caledonia County, Vt., after a citizen tip was received on July 15, 2009. After protracted extradition proceedings, Tammy Hanson was returned to Arkansas to finally be sentenced. She received a sentence of one year in the Baxter County Jail, along with fines, court costs, and restitution.While in the Baxter County Jail, Hanson sued Baxter County, the sheriff, and several of his employees on March 8, 2010, in U. S. District Court – Western District of Arkansas. The lawsuit said she suffered unconstitutional conditions of confinement and sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.The case finally went to jury trial in May 2014. After deliberating for approximately three hours, the jury found Hanson’s civil rights had not been violated and awarded her nothing. She appealed but the federal appeals court affirmed the jury's decision on Tuesday.
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