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Former Gwinnett dog breeder gets 1 night in jail, years without pets

Two months ago, the judge rejected Monica Wong's plea deal. They settled on a guilty plea that will keep her out of the breeding business.

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A former Gwinnett County dog breeder will spend a night in jail after pleading guilty to keeping animals stacked in filthy cages. This comes two months after the judge rejected the first plea deal.

Monica Wong was charged with 60 counts of unlawful acts by a person at a licensed animal facility, which basically means as a licensed dog breeder, she didn’t care for her animals the way the animal cruelty law says she should.

In June, Wong was prepared to plead nolo to one count, with the solicitor’s office agreeing not to prosecute the other charges. Nolo is used when a defendant accepts the consequences but doesn’t admit guilt.

On Thursday morning, it was still unclear if Wong was going to accept a harsher plea deal or go to trial the following week. But after a series of meetings with the judge, Wong agreed to settle.

Wong’s attorney told the judge, “This entire experience has had a profound negative effect on both her and her family.”

Under the new deal approved by the judge, Wong pleaded guilty to 30 of the misdemeanor charges, with the solicitor's office agreeing not to prosecute the rest.

Wong was sentenced to 90 months probation and prohibited from even owning a personal pet. During her probation, she will be subject to unannounced in-home inspections to verify she is not breeding, selling, or even living with domestic animals. Judge Brantley ordered that the inspections be photographed.

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