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william Hanson Returned to Arkansas

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 - 7:14 AM
Baxter Bulletin

William Henry Hanson, 45, was extradited to Baxter County from Missouri Friday night, according to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.

Hanson, the husband of convicted animal abuser Tammy Hanson, has been on the run for nearly four years following his conviction.

Both Hansons were convicted of animal abuse in January 2006 in Baxter County District Court. They fled Arkansas before they sentencing.

The Hansons had been operating a so-called animal shelter in Gamaliel named Every Dog Needs a Home in 2006, when they were discovered with hundreds of animals on their property in various stages of health. Some animals were dead.

At the time, it was considered the largest animal cruelty case in the United States, according to Montgomery. The Humane Society of the United States spent more than $110,000, along with hundreds of volunteers who donated countless hours to care for the more than 500 animals who were being kept in some of the most deplorable conditions ever witnessed by authorities, Montgomery said.

The case gained national attention because more than 100 of the animals had previously been rescued from victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Hansons were discovered living in Caledonia County, Vt., in July. Tammy Hanson was arrested and extradited to Arkansas in late September to face sentencing. On Nov. 4, she was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay more than $15,000 in fines, court costs and restitution.

William Hanson left Vermont shortly after Tammy Hanson's arrest. He was arrested in Johnson County, Mo., in October and had been fighting extradition since then.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed the misdemeanor governor's warrant Monday, Montgomery said, and ordered William Hanson returned to Arkansas to face sentencing. He is expected to appear in district court this week for sentencing, Montgomery said.


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