MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Three years after a raid at the Memphis Animal Shelter, the trial of the former veterinarian is finally underway.
Angela Middleton is facing animal cruelty charges in connection to the care of three dogs, including one that starved to death.
Dr. Middleton walked in and out of the courtroom. She didn't want to talk to the media about the charges she faces. Her lawyer was also not talking, but he previously told ABC24 News "she's not guilty."
Truth is we don't know what jurors will think when they see the graphic pictures of the animals. As the shelter veterinarian, Middleton was supposed to make sure animals didn't starve to do death. But it happened.
Tina Quattlebaum, a former shelter employee also charged in the raid, is watching the trial closely. She has to decide whether to plead or go to trial.
Truth is the 2009 raid at the shelter didn't clean up the problems. Since then there has been one problem after another, with one criminal case after another involving other employees.
Earlier this month two former shelter employees were sentenced after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges. In those cases they hung or inhumanely killed dogs.
Former shelter worker Demetria Hogan is going to trial in February for charges connected to the disappearance of a dog named Kapone.
Those following Middleton's case say she was the victim; she was stuck in the middle of bureaucracy. Others say the veterinarian had an obligation to make sure the animals were being taken care of and at least fed.
The trial is expected to last all week. Taxpayers are also picking up the tab for the jury to be sequestered.