Fannin County woman cleared of animal cruelty charges

Bells – A ruling in a Fannin County animal cruelty case receives mixed reaction Thursday, as Ector resident Kim Dotson was cleared of the charges.

Dotson had over 20 horses seized from her property back in August. But after being allowed to keep six of the animals, an investigation earlier this month would lead to the seizure of yet two more horses, reportedly thin and emaciated.

During Thursday's hearing in Bells, Dotson told the court those horses had not been under her direct care from September to January, but living on a friend's property in Fannin County.

It was agreed to return the horses to Dotson's property in Bells.

As far as the initial seizure last August, the Sheriff's Office says they have issued a warrant for her arrest on separate animal cruelty charges.