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Paws Trial Continues

The East Texas woman accused of animal cruelty at her pet rescue in Smith County took the stand in her own defense today.

Julia McMurrey, owner of "Paws Around The Planet Animal Rescue" said she gave the dogs food daily, checked their water and gave them medical treatment when needed.

When asked specifically about the dog "Tiki" who was tick infested and very thin, McMurrey claimed she gave her necessary and successful treatment. "It worked, the ticks were dying," she said.

Dave Garcia with the SPCA said the treatment allegedly offered to "Tiki" was not working, and that his staff fixed her tick infestation in just a matter of days. Something McMurrey could have easily done as well.

Garcia also said his heart went out to "Tiki" because she was one of the worst cases he had ever seen.

"In 23 years I never adopted any animal when I was involved in a rescue, but I felt I needed to give safe haven to her for the rest of her life," said Garcia.

McMurrey's fate is now in the hands of a jury. She could face up to a year in jail if found guilty.

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