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Fessler pleads guilty to break-in at animal shelter

The woman who admitted to breaking into the All About Animals shelter last year will serve jail time and a strict probation.

Villy Stolper with the Bibb County District Attorney's Office prosecuted the case against Crystal Fessler. Fessler pleaded guilty Friday to one count of felony theft by taking and one count of misdemeanor criminal trespass.

She was arrested in November for the October 16th break-in at the All About Animals shelter. Fessler admitted that she broke in through the fence and released the dogs. Three dogs were killed and 13 more were hurt when fights broke out among the dogs. Fessler was bitten trying to break up the fighting.

Stolper says for the count of felony theft by taking, Fessler was sentenced to drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment, 200 hours of community service, a $500 fine and must submit to stringent guidelines during five years of probation. For the misdemeanor criminal trespass, Fessler was sentenced to 12 months of jail time, most of which she has served because she's been in jail since November.

Stolper says Fessler apologized for her crimes in court Friday.


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