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Charges against owner of former Vick house dropped

Tuesday - 3/5/2013, 2:50pm  ET

SURRY, Va. (AP) -- Charges against a woman accused of mistreating animals at Michael Vick's former dogfighting headquarters have been dropped, at least for now.

Tamira Thayne's trial on misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and inadequate care of animals was set for Tuesday in Surry County. According to media reports, the charges were set aside after a key witness failed to show. Charges could be refiled.

Thayne heads Dogs Deserve Better, a dog-rescue group housed in Vick's former home. She was charged in August after an inspection by officials who had received complaints that 10 dogs were not receiving adequate care.

Thayne has denied any wrongdoing.

Vick, a quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles, served 18 months in federal prison after pleading guilty in 2007 to charges related to a dogfighting operation at the house.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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