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Animal Cruelty Trial Ends With Not Guilty Verdict

Todd PittengerMay 21, 2019

A trial in an animal cruelty case that started last week ended Tuesday afternoon with a Saline County man being acquitted.

Matthew Fullen was facing multiple charges which include both felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty. A jury found him not guilty of all charges.

The case dates back to April of 2018 when authorities executed search warrants for a pasture located southeast of Salina at Lapsley Road and Woodward Road plus a residence in the 5000 block of Country Club Road and seized 189 animals.

An investigation had began when a concerned citizen reported seeing dead cattle in the pasture.

During the trial, among other evidence jurors heard varying opinions by a couple of different of veterinarians on the condition of the animals.  They also saw multiple photos and videos of the animals.

Fullen testified on his own behalf Tuesday morning, before jurors then heard closing arguments. By mid afternoon they reached their not guilty verdict.

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