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Monday, Dec 31, 2007County: Sweetwater
Alleged: Jill Morales
A Green River woman faces 23 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after animal control officers discovered numerous animals which allegedly weren't taken care of.
Fred Moczulski, Green River Police Department detective and public relations officer, said in December the Green River Police Department animal control officers received a tip about a possible animal cruelty case at the residence 69 N. Second W., which is where Jill Morales lives.
Moczulski said Morales was apparently out of town and had someone responsible taking care of the animals.
Officers conducted a search on a warrant on Dec. 31, and discovered 22 animals were not properly being cared for. At the time, the animals were removed from the residence, including three dogs, 14 cats, two rabbits and two ferrets. Officers also removed animal parts and one dead cat, Moczulski said.
Morales is being charged with 23 counts of cruelty to animals. The maximum sentence on a cruelty to animal charge is a $750 fine and/or six months jail time. If found guilty of all 23 counts and given the maximum sentence on each count, she could face a $17,250 fine and/or 11 and a half years in jail.
Moczulski said this is not the first time the department has had complaints about the animals. Since 2005, Morales has had nuisance animal and vicious animal complaints.
- Green River Star Online - Jan 31, 2008
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