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ATHENS: Zoo worker guilty of attempted animal cruelty
ATHENS: Zoo worker guilty of attempted animal cruelty

ATHENS, Ga. -- A former University of Georgia researcher who now works for the National Zoo has been found guilty of attempted cruelty to animals.

The charges were brought about after authorities said Nico Dauphiné tried to poison stray cats in her Washington, D.C. neighborhood.

A D.C. Superior Court judge found Dauphiné guilty of the misdemeanor this week. She faces up to 180 days in jail when she is sentenced on Nov. 21.

Dauphiné's lawyer argued during a trial that although security cameras captured his client hovering over a bowl of poisoned cat food in March, she was removing the food to keep the cats from congregating.

Prosecutors said another video showed Dauphiné dumping poison onto the food. Dauphiné's lawyer declined to comment after the trial.

Dauphiné worked as a wildlife biologist for UGA.

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