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      Nico Dauphine found guilty of attempted animal cruelty

      A one-time Smithsonian National Zoo employee on trial for allegedly attempting to poison feral cats in her Northwest D.C. neighborhood was found guilty of attempted cruelty to animals.

      Nico Dauphine was on trial after she allegedly set out food mixed with poison in an attempt to kill feral cats near her apartment in the 2400 block of 15th Street NW.

      Dauphine was arraigned and pleaded not guilty on May 11 on an animal cruelty charge. The misdemeanor charge carries a potential penalty of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.