SC woman gets public service in cat case

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - An Horry County woman has pleaded no contest to charges of improper care and treatment of animals more than a year after authorities removed more than 200 animals from her nonprofit animal sanctuary.

Elizabeth Owen was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days of public service.

Owen was charged in 2010 with after Horry County police went to Owen's Sacred Vision Animal Sanctuary to follow up on a complaint from animal rights activists. Months later, authorities seized more than 200 animals.

More than 100 cats were suffering from a variety of health ailments and had to be euthanized. Others were treated and put up for adoption.

Owen's attorney said the woman left South Carolina because of the publicity and is not involved in any animal rescue or sanctuary.