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Eau Claire County woman ordered to pay county $74K for animal care


Eau Claire (WQOW) - A judge orders an Eau Claire county woman to pay up after the county has been caring for animals taken from her.

Last year, dogs and cats were seized from Teresa Hestekin.  A humane officer says some dogs had no water.  Several were reported to have severe dental disease, open sores and anti-social behaviors. 

On Friday, a judge ordered Hestekin to pay more than $74,000 in medical and boarding expenses to the county for the care of 20 animals.  The judge also said those animals can now be put up for adoption at the humane association.

"We'll be working hard to get the animals adopted as soon as possible," said President of the Humane Association's Board of Directors Rick Ayres. "We'll get started working on that immediately. Some of them still need some work but some of them will be available very soon but some maybe a while. "

Hestekin is also facing criminal charges in the case. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for the beginning of March.

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