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Henderson animal abuse pre-trial pushed back

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There are new developments in the case against a Henderson County couple charged with animal abuse. 

Richard and Dorthea Conroy were given a new attorney on Wednesday causing their pre-trial to be pushed back to March 19. As of now, the trial date is still April 4.

The Conroys are facing 79 charges of abuse after over 20 Airedale Terriers were taken from their home last year. The humane society says there were also bones found that belonged to 22 dead dogs. 

Many of the Terriers were adopted, and some of their new families were in the courtroom.

"We're just hoping that the Henderson courts let them realize animal cruelty. Animals cruelty laws need to be strictly punished and not taken lightly," said Pat Funke, who adopted on of the dogs.

Funke, along with some others, have put together a petition. One  of them has over 1,300 signatures from people around the world to get stricter penalties for people who abuse animals. 

A copy has been given to Henderson County Attorney Steve Gold for this particular case.

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