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Woman charged with abusing dogs

ATHENS — A woman who claimed Limestone County deputies stole her four dogs and jewelry turned herself into authorities Tuesday.

Sheriff’s Department investigator Lt. Brad Curnutt said Rob-in Suzanne Briggs, 36, of 21200 Clements Gin Road, Athens, turned herself in. At the following hearing, a judge ruled she could not get the dogs back.

Earlier this month, deputies responded to a call from the Humane Society and found the dogs allegedly starved and in filthy conditions at the Clem-ents Gin home and removed them. Curnutt said it seems Briggs doesn’t live at the home.

Briggs claimed the deputies kicked in her door and stole from her, but Sheriff Mike Blakely said the door was unlocked and it was unlikely she kept $1,500 worth of jewelry in a home covered in dog feces.

The dogs are at The Dog Pound on U.S. 72. Curnutt said Briggs has 14 days to appeal the judge’s decision. Briggs is out of jail on $500 bond, charged with animal cruelty.

- Holly Hollman

‘Cat in the Hat’ birthday party

The children’s book “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss celebrates 50 years in print, and the Decatur Public Library Children’s Department is celebrating with a Cat in the Hat birthday party Friday at 3:30 p.m.

The party will feature games, prizes and cake and is for children of all ages. Children who have “Cat in the Hat” hats are encouraged to wear them to the party. For more information call the Children’s Department at 353-2993, ext. 122.

- Amy Pollick

Pickup hits house

ATHENS — A pickup struck a house on Sandlin Road at 8:20 Tuesday morning, state troopers said.

The driver, John C. Anderson, 51, was not injured in the wreck eight miles north of Athens, troopers said. They couldn’t confirm whether anyone was home at the time, but apparently, no one inside was injured.

Dispatchers said Athens ambulance and Elkmont fire were sent to the scene.

- Seth Burkett

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