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Peanut Kilby found guilty on 60 counts in 'Lucky Dog' trial

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RABUN COUNTY, Ga. - Authorities in Rabun County called 500 potential jurors -- twice the usual number -- for a trial that has rocked the animal rescue world across the country. Thursday afternoon, jurors found former Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter director Lowanda "Peanut" Kilby guilty on 60 counts of theft and racketeering. Kilby showed little emotion as the verdict was read.

Click on the videos above for the latest from the trial.

Two years ago, the Boggs Mountain Humane Shelter was considered the shining light in the rescue community; hundreds of unwanted or difficult pets from across the Southeast brought to tiny Clayton, GA and ultimately placed in new homes across the country.

But a hidden camera Fox 5 I-Team investigation revealed the shelter's "Lucky Dog/Lucky Kitty" program misled donors. Supposedly, if a donor paid at least $100, that would guarantee their dog or cat would not be euthanized. In fact, it would make it easier to adopt because the adoption fee would already be paid.

Instead, we discovered Lucky dogs or cats secretly euthanized anyway, their original owners fooled into thinking they had really been adopted.

Prosecutors accuse shelter director Lowanda "Peanut" Kilby of diverting donation money into her personal account, killing the dogs to make way for new ones and new donation money she could also steal.

She's pled not guilty.

Testimony is expected to begin Tuesday or Wednesday with the trial lasting as long as two weeks.

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