South Hero woman who kept 88 animals in a trailer convicted on animal cruelty charges

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A South Hero woman is facing 90 days of home confinement, hefty fines and 10 years of probation after she was convicted on 15 counts of animal cruelty in Grand Isle Superior Court.

30 year-old Ashley Tillson was originally facing 88 criminal counts of animal cruelty, but agreed to accept 73 civil violations and donated $1,500 to the Chittenden County Humane Society.

Tillson also isn’t allowed to own any animals or any type of crate or cage. Animal officers will also be inspecting her home periodically throughout her 10 year probation.

“It was very important for me to reach out to the Chittenden County Humane Society and the U.S. Humane Society to get their input and educate me on what causes these types of hoarding situations,” said Grand Isle State’s Attorney Douglas DiSabito. 

In September 2017, officials recovered 88 animals from a single-wide trailer that Tillson had been renting in South Hero. Only eight were found alive. 

Sheriff Ray Allen said in an affadavit that in his 26 years of law enforcement, he had never seen “this type of animal cruelty and neglect.”

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