The jury found Joan Skillman, 73, of Aurelius Township "guilty of 6 (out of 11) misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty or abandonment ... She faces up to 93 days in jail, fines and up to two years of probation."
"Officers testified this week that the dogs were wet, dirty and matted and were living in 9 inches of mud, water, urine and feces. Veterinarians said the dogs had health problems such as bloody urine, skin infections, broken teeth, overgrown nails, bladder stones and parasites. A behavior expert testified that many of the dogs showed signs of little or no human contact."
"At least half of the guilty counts involved dogs that had heartworms, according to a veterinarian's testimony, and two of the guilty counts involved dogs that have died since Animal Control seized them from Skillman's kennel"
Damn skippy the jury found her guilty. Dogs should NEVER be forced to live in their own feces (not to mention the lack of veterinary care they received). I wish she would have to serve more than 93 days in jail ... the article doesn't specify how much the fines will be either ... but it's a good start. I'm glad they got their conviction.