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Girl sentenced to 1 12 months in ‘horrible’ U.P. pet mill case

ROCK, MI – A girl who pleaded responsible to expenses associated to an Higher Peninsula pet mill she owned was sentenced Thursday one 12 months imprisonment.

Greater than 200 canines and 23 horses have been seized from property in Delta County when the case started on Aug. 24, 2020. On the time, officers at Delta Animal Shelter, which cared for the animals, referred to as the situations they have been residing in and the state of the animals “horrible.”

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Rebecca Johnson, of Rock, who owned the property, was sentenced by Decide John Economopoulos of the forty seventh Circuit Courtroom to at least one 12 months in jail, 5 years of probation with no animal possession, 500 hours or neighborhood service, fines and restitution.

“At the moment, justice was served,” Delta Animal Shelter mentioned in a press release posted to Fb. “We’re pleased with the sentence handed down.”

Johnson pleaded responsible in April, days earlier than her trial was set to start, to felony abandoning/cruelty to 25 or extra animals and misdemeanor unregistered animal shelter/pound. She was not provided a plea deal.

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The case started on Aug. 24, 2020, when a horse obtained free from Johnson’s property in Rock and was operating alongside a roadway. Michigan State Police trooper Lisa Kanyah, of the Gladstone Submit, responded to the incident, secured the horse and returned it to the property. Whereas on the property, she noticed many canines that gave the impression to be underweight with matted fur and residing in their very own feces in out of doors kennels. A few of the canines gave the impression to be injured.

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A search warrant was obtained later that day and 135 canines, together with 69 puppies, and 23 horses have been seized. The animals have been despatched to the Delta Animal Shelter the place they have been evaluated and handled. A number of of the canines have been pregnant. Greater than 100 puppies have been born. In whole, greater than 250 animals have been rescued.

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On July 11, 2021, Johnson forfeited her possession of the canines and horses, which allowed the shelter to start adopting them out.

“We’re joyful to shut this chapter of the pet mill and can transfer ahead with schooling and persevering with to be the voice for animals,” the shelter mentioned.

To anybody sad with the sentence, the shelter requested that they flip these feelings into motivation to assist finish pet mills.

“Pet mills exist as a result of the general public makes it very worthwhile,” the shelter mentioned. “Don’t purchase animals on-line or in pet shops. Don’t pay excessive cash for a mixture breed with a flowery identify. Work with good breeders – we had many step ahead to assist with this case. Select adoption -shelters in every single place are overloaded. Assist tighten the legal guidelines on industrial canine breeding services the place canines could be caged their entire life. Do your half to finish pet mills.”

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