Bench Trial Next Week In Sherrard Woman’s Animal Cruelty Case

A Sherrard woman has waived her right to a jury trial in an animal cruelty case. A bench trial for 60-year-old Karen Plambeck is set to begin February 27 (next Tuesday) and is expected to last four days in Mercer County Circuit Court.
She is facing twelve animal cruelty charges stemming from an August of 2022 investigation where 198 dogs were rescued from her property. She is also charged with a felony of unlawful communication with a witness in connection with the animal cruelty case.
All 198 dogs were forfeited to the care of Mercer County Animal Control. Over $170,000 worth of veterinary and boarding costs were introduced as evidence in a court hearing in September of 2022.
Plambeck has posted bond in both the animal cruelty and unlawful communication of a witness case. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.