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A Macon woman is charged for criminal trespass and cruelty to animals for last month's break-in at the All About Animals Shelter on Riverside Dr.

Bond set for woman charged in shelter break-in

Crystal Gale Fessler, 36, appeared in court before a magistrate judge Friday afternoon.

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A bond was set for $9,100. The conditions of her bond include not returning to the animal shelter, no weapons, and not breaking any other laws.

13WMAZ's Judy Le talked to Fessler's mother Friday morning. She declined to be named or go on camera.

Crystal Fessler charged in All About Animals Shelter break-in Judy Le

She said Fessler has four children, two of whom live with her mom.

She said she didn't suspect Fessler was connected to the All About Animals break-in until she was arrested.

Her daughter was hospitalized with a dog bite on the night of the break-in and received rabies shots. But when she picked Fessler up at the hospital, her daughter could not explain the bite.

Three dogs died after someone broke in and let loose mostly "bully breeds" like pitbulls to fight each other during early morning hours on October 17th. Eight other dogs were sent to the vet.

An investigation led police to arrest Fessler who lives in Macon, according to a release.

Fessler is charged with criminal trespass and 13 counts of cruelty to animals.

Bibb County jail records also list a charge of probation violation.

Macon Police say the investigation is still ongoing and anyone with more information can call (478) 803-2565.

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