June 21-- A woman facing animal cruelty charges in Montgomery and Candler counties wants a multi-million dollar settlement because of her arrest.
Attorneys for Angela Powell of Ailey have notified both counties as well the City of Metter and the Georgia Departments of Agriculture and Revenue that she wants $3 million plus attorney's fees as a settlement, otherwise, they plan to file a lawsuit to seek damages.
Powell attracted national attention in January because of conditions in her German Shepherd breeding kennels in Higgston and Metter. Animal rights groups assisted law enforcement in examining and removing 167 dogs in Candler County and 91 in Montgomery County whom officials claimed were living in mud, feces and urine. Three of the dogs in Candler County had to be euthanized.
Powell's Savannah attorneys claim officials were negligent and deprived Powell of her dogs "which she cared for properly." Powell claims she suffered physical and emotional trauma and financial injury because of actions taken by officials.
She alleges she was improperly arrested, detained and prosecuted for alleged cruelty to animals and investigated for fraud by the Departments of Agriculture and Revenue.
Montgomery County Manager Brandon Braddy says the county has taken the notice under advisement but has no comment due to pending litigation.
Candler County Attorney Kendall Gross told the Metter newspaper the county responded to the notice by denying any liability or responsibility and has no further comment.