A Sherrard woman has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty and unlawful communication with a witness charges. 59-year-old Karen Plambeck faces six felony counts. She appeared in Mercer County Circuit Court Tuesday morning where she waived her preliminary hearing. A pre-trial conference has been set for Dec. 12. The animal cruelty investigation involved the recovery of 198 dogs, which 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 last month.
Plambeck has posted bond in both the animal cruelty and unlawful communication of a witness case.