updated 1/17/2006 3:45:15 PM ET 2006-01-17T20:45:15

A couple who ran an animal shelter was convicted Monday on 20 counts of cruelty to animals, including abusing dogs sent from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Police found one dog dead, another with a broken leg, and many sickly others at Tammy and William Hanson’s shelter, Every Dog Needs a Home. Twenty animals were found suffering from maggot infestations to severe skin conditions.

The couple will be sentenced Feb. 23. Judge Van Gearhart also barred the two from owning or possessing any animals anywhere in the world.

Tammy Hanson was arrested after the court hearing on a felony theft warrant from Missouri. It accused her of stealing a dog from a woman in Lawrence County, Mo.

She was handcuffed in the courtroom as dozens of people, many local residents who volunteered to care for the dogs, burst into applause.

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