Woman charged in puppy abuse case appears in court

FOND DU LAC – A Fond du Lac woman charged after two puppies were doused with bleach was in court for the first time Tuesday

Prosecutors say Amanda Farr did nothing after her 10-year-old son poured the chemicals on the animals.

The six-week-old dogs are still recovering at the Fond du Lac Humane Society. A third puppy was found, but was not hurt.

Prosecutors say what happened to the puppies has people outraged.

“I think anytime, whether it is children or animals they are often in a defenseless position and people take exception when situations like this develop,” said Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney.

And the attorney for 30-year-old Amanda Farr agrees, at least on that point.

“Every animal case frankly, gets a lot of attention and there is a lot of outrage over the allegations,” said Michael O’Rourke, attorney for Amanda Farr.

According to the criminal complaint, Farr’s son admitted to pouring bleach on two dogs and throwing one of them in a dumpster.

Prosecutors would not say if the boy will be charged.

Farr did not want to comment after court, but her attorney says he is surprised at how quickly the district attorney filed charges in this case.

“I can see why they want to move this along quickly, but at any point if we feel that moving quickly will not give her a fair shake, we will slow it down or ask the court to slow it down,” said O’Rourke.

“We wanted to make sure from our end, we were doing things to move this along swiftly,” said Toney.

The dogs are still recovering. Fond du Lac Humane Society Manager Renee Webb provided FOX 11 a picture taken Tuesday morning. Webb says the shelter is thankful for the community support it received.

“People love animals in our area and when we get in a crisis people step up to do what they can to help,” said Webb.

Webb says one of the dogs will be heading to a new home next week while the other two should be ready for adoption soon.

Farr was given a $2,500 signature bond.

She will be back in court on March 27.

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