Paws Across The Planet Trial

The woman who ran "Paws Across The Planet Animal Shelter" in Smith County is now on trial. Julia McMurry faces 4 charges of animal cruelty.

In September of 2003, the SPCA rescued hundreds of dogs from her rescue  including this dog Tiki.

Today's hearing dealt specifically with Tiki's condition. Tiki's ears were so full of tick's, they could not lay flat. During opening statements, prosecutors described the overall conditions at "Paws Across the Planet Rescue."

"Dogs, a vast majority covered with mange. You will hear how there were 300-320 dogs with lack of water and lack of food," says Brent Ratekin, ADA.

The defense opted not to give opening statements, but, may decide to at a later time. The trial will continue tomorrow.