April McLaughlin was arrested again on animal cruelty charges

An Arizona woman accused of running a shady animal rescue that left more than 50 dogs living in squalid conditions in her Phoenix-area home faces new charges, police said Wednesday.

The Chandler Police Department initially arrested April McLaughlin on 55 counts each of cruelty to animals and cruelty to animals after seizing the dogs in September, but the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office sent the case back to police for further investigation. On Tuesday, investigators presented 77 animal cruelty charges to the Chandler City Attorney’s Office for review and an arrest warrant was issued. McLaughlin, also known as Sydney Taylor McKinley, was taken into custody without incident.

Olly Dawes

Olly Dawes is a Nytimas U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Olly Dawes joined Nytimas in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: ollydawes@nytimas.com.

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