Wilson County woman takes plea deal, gets probation in felony animal cruelty case

Glori Penshorn pleaded no contest to animal cruelty 4 years after 70+ dogs were removed from property

WILSON COUNTY, Texas – A Wilson County woman has taken a plea agreement in a felony animal cruelty case four years after she had more than 70 dogs removed from her property.

Glori Penshorn pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty on March 28 and, as part of her sentence, will receive 10 years probation. She received a third-degree felony conviction, is not allowed to possess animals of any kind and was also ordered to pay $667 in restitution for the expenses of a dog named Titan.

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In April 2018, Penshorn surrendered more than 70 dogs to the Wilson County No Kill Animal Shelter after county police served her with a warrant. Wilson County Attorney Tom Caldwell did not file charges at that time due to Penshorn’s cooperation with authorities.

In August 2019 Penshorn was arrested and booked into the Wilson County Jail on an animal cruelty charge after police found more malnourished animals at her residence. Authorities were notified by a passerby who noticed an emaciated dog by the gate of Penshorn’s house in the 400 block of Hidden Deer in La Vernia.

At that time, Penshorn surrendered 11 canines that were severely emaciated, covered in fleas, had mange, hair loss, coccidia and a number of different infectious worms, according to the shelter.

One of the dogs, whom the shelter named Titan, was unable to walk and had to be carried off Penshorn’s property. He was listed as being in critical condition due to starvation, anemia, parasitic infestation, and dehydration. Titan died as a result of his injuries.

Penshorn was released from jail shortly after her August 2019 arrest and part of her bond conditions stated that she would not be allowed to possess livestock or any other animals until her court date.

In Oct. 2020, however, a police report was filed by someone who witnessed dogs in “poor condition” on Penshorn’s property, a shelter spokesperson said.

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Posted by Wilson County No Kill Animal Shelter Inc on Thursday, October 29, 2020

An Oct. 2020 Facebook post from the Wilson County No Kill Animal Shelter said several adult dogs and puppies were removed from the property and that all of the dogs had severe mange, hair loss, fleas, open sores, and scabs. Some also had yeast infections, otitis, and fractured teeth.

Penshorn, who operated BNG Foster Program on her property, previously told KSAT the program was “created to foster dogs from rescue groups until those groups could find other homes or transport them. We ended up in over our heads because we had rescues who abandoned the dogs and left them here without returning.”

A Facebook post from the shelter on Friday said Penshorn “has finally been held responsible for her crimes against innocent animals. No punishment can reverse the horrors she inflicted on so many before or after Titan, but this is a big step in the right direction.”

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