On Thursday, Maine’s Supreme Courtjustices rejected arguments that the state followed improper procedures and that the law authorizing the seizure is too vague.
The sizure took place in September 2006 when a state humane agent, a veterinarian and a state trooper showed up with a search warrant at the home of Margo Malpher. They described the animals’ condition as ":unlivable": and said the dogs, most of them miniature poodles, were covered in feces and wet with urine.
After a two-day hearing in Calais District Court, the judge ordered the animals forfeited to the state because of the cruel treatment they endured.
The Supreme Judicial Court set aside Malpher’s claim that she was denied due process when the animals were confiscated before a hearing could take place. The justices also brushed aside the argument that the animal abuse law is too vague and doesn’t define the term ":cruelly treated.":