Tatiana David, of the public defender's office, who represented Root at the hearing, asked the judge to release Root on her own recognizance, since Root had no prior convictions and needed to deal with her failing health.
Cooper, however, ordered that Root be held in lieu of $2,500 bail and, if she posted bond and was released, to have no animals on her property. Root was released from jail early Thursday morning after a person family members characterized as a "stranger" paid the required 10 percent of her bail, $250. Vantina Gifford, 52, of Charlestown, said her mother is resting at her home in Cecil County and brought the dogs with her.
The family is looking for homes for some of the dogs, and Gifford said her mother plans to return to court to fight the charges.
David told the court Wednesday that Root suffers from several conditions, including chest pain, hypodemia, poor leg circulation and damage related to chemotherapy.