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Tammy Christine Hanson this week lost the appeal she filed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit following her loss at a week long civil jury trial in U.S. District Court in Harrison on May 16, 2014. Announcement of the court decision was made today by the Baxter County Sheriff.
Tammy Hanson had originally been arrested on multiple counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and other charges following the investigation into the EDNAH (Every Dog Needs A Home) compound that she operated in Gamaliel, in Baxter County, in 2005 in what was deemed the largest animal cruelty case ever reported in the nation at that time. Hundreds of dogs were seized, and the compound was put temporarily under the control of the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, which brought in elements of the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society of North Central Arkansas to care for the animals, along with a local veterinarian and other volunteers, while the court case was pending.
While in the Baxter County Jail, Tammy Hanson filed suit on March 8, 2010 in the U.S. District Court – Western District of Arkansas against Baxter County, the Sheriff, and many Sheriff’s Office employees alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement and seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged damages.
The case went to jury trial in May, 2014. After deliberating for approximately three hours, the jury found that Tammy Hanson’s civil rights had not been violated and awarded her nothing on her lawsuit.
She subsequently filed an appeal of the jury’s decision to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, MO.
In an order issued May 12, 2015, the appeals court affirmed the jury’s decision against her.