Cruelty charges set aside against owner dog rescue group in Surry Co.

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Associated Press & 13News

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 9:45 PM

SURRY (AP) -- Charges of animal cruelty and inadequate care of animals against  a dog rescue group in Surry County were set aside Tuesday.

Tamira Thayne is the director of Dogs Deserve Better, a dog-rescue group housed in Michael Vick's former home. She was charged in August after an inspection of the facility by a Surry Animal Control officer and a state veterinarian. Officials said they had received complaints that 10 dogs were not receiving adequate care.

Thayne has denied any wrongdoing.

The prosecution's witness did not appear, so the charges were withdrawn. The charges can be refiled until the August, when the statute of limitations runs out, officials told 13News.

Vick, a quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles, served 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2007 to charges related to a dogfighting operation at the house.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

AP-WF-03-05-13 0759GMT

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