The owner of Southern Dogs Rescue in Auburn was found guilty last week by a Lee County jury on charges related to abandoning approximately 20 dogs.
Deanalyn Reing, 50, of Rockford was found guilty on five counts of cruelty to animals in the second degree, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office. She was retried in circuit court after appealing a district court ruling last year.
Reing is the owner of Southern Dogs Rescue, a dog breeding operation. She will be sentenced on Feb. 13.
According to Lee County authorities, police found approximately 20 dogs confined to kennels on Reing's property in the 400 block of Lee Road 4 in Auburn on Dec. 21, 2013. The dogs appeared be abandoned with no food and stale water that had turned green in its bowl. The dogs were malnourished and appeared to be starving to death. The dogs were also walking around in their own feces and mud.
Several of the dogs had additional health issues such as intestinal worms. Six of the dogs were immediately removed from the property in an attempt to save their lives.
Complaints against the homeowner led to the police investigation and criminal charges, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office.