More Animal Cruelty Charges Filed Against Sherrard Woman

A Sherrard woman is now facing twelve animal cruelty charges stemming from an August investigation where 198 dogs were rescued from her property. 59-year-old Karen Plambeck was originally facing five felony counts, but the seven new counts were filed Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court says Mercer County State’s Attorney Grace Simpson.

Plambeck is also charged with a felony of unlawful communication with a witness in connection with the animal cruelty case.

The 198 dogs have been 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.

Plambeck has posted bond in both the animal cruelty and unlawful communication of a witness case. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

A pre-trial conference is set for Feb. 6.