Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Arkansas: Breeder Joyce Johnson, facing 177 counts of animal cruelty, pleads not guilty

ARKANSAS -- A woman pleaded not guilty to 177 charges of animal cruelty in Madison County Tuesday morning.

Joyce Johnson didn't want these dogs getting her house
dirty so she locked them in a separate building

Joyce Johnson is accused of operating a puppy mill. In March, the Humane Society removed 295 dogs from her property near Wesley.

They also removed the bodies of five dead dogs from the property.

Most of the puppy mill dogs in Northwest Arkansas are already adopted, except one.


Faith is a blind pug.

Who couldn’t be adopted with the other dogs because of her poor health.

However, her overall health is now better and the rescue center's staff is in search of her forever home.

If you’re interested in adopting Faith, contact the House of Little Dogs in Fayetteville.


The county prosecutor’s office filed 150 counts of cruelty to animals and 27 counts of aggravated cruelty to animals against Johnson. She was released from jail in March.

Johnson’s trial date was scheduled for Sept. 13.


(4029TV - June 28, 2016)