MACON — A northeast Missouri woman is set to go on trial on six counts of felony animal abuse.
Judy Pennington of rural Madison will be tried in Macon County on a change of venue from Monroe County. A judge is hearing the case without a jury. The trial was set to begin Wednesday.
Pennington's husband, Ronnie, is also charged in the case. His trial has not been scheduled.
Rescuers removed dozens of animals from the Penningtons' Madison farm in April 2008, after what the Humane Society of Missouri called years of trying to get the couple to improve conditions.
Investigators said horses, goats, dogs, cats and other animals at the farm lacked shelter, food and water. The Penningtons disputed the charges and called the removal of the animals unnecessary.