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Defense says Ban "Puppy Mill" From Courtroom

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Kennewick, WA- The attorney for a woman accused of animal cruelty is asking the judge to ban the word "puppy mill" from the courtroom.

Ella Stewart of Kennewick pleaded innocent today to ten counts of animal cruelty.

Benton County sheriff's deputies and The Humane Society seized more than 300 dogs from her home last May.

Stewart's public defender Peyman Younesi says prosecutors using the term "puppy mill" will taint the jury, and make it impossible for the woman to get a fair trial.

"I simply ask the community to sustain from that until they've heard the entire case, and follow it along, hear her side of the story."

Stewart's attorney says he may ask to move the trial out of the Tri-Cities if potential jurors associate Stewart's breeding business with a puppy mill.

Stewart is scheduled to go on trial in September. 

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