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Case ID: 16143
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Jan 1, 2010

County: Madison

Disposition: Convicted

» Michelle Ziemer
» Chris Walter

A 31-year-old woman will spend two years on probation for having such a filthy house that it put her children and pets in harm's way.

Michelle Ziemer of Pierce was sentenced Friday for one count of child abuse and another count of abandonment or cruel neglect of an animal.

The judge in the case said he was appalled by conditions in Ziemer's home.

While searching the home, police found a 5-year-old wearing only pants and a 3-year-old wearing only underwear. Both were very dirty.

Among the sick or injured animals were 21 dogs and three cats, and the body of 1 dog wrapped in a blanket that appeared to have been dead for several days.

Ziemer's 36-year-old live-in boyfriend, Chris Walter, last month also was sentenced to two years' probation.


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