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Case ID: 19909
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: dog (non pit-bull), horse, goat
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Judge(s): Anthony J. Kilker

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Saturday, Sep 22, 2012

County: Schuylkill

Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Denise M. Turkavage

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A 27-year-old woman faces fines of $200 to $3,000 and possibly up to 360 days in jail after West Mahanoy Township police found dead animals at her home Saturday night.

Patrolman Lance Monaghan said Denise Turkavage, 497 Mount Olive Blvd., will be charged with four counts of cruelty to animals.

Township police Chief Shawn Tray said each of the charges carries fines between $50 and $750 and no more than 90 days in jail.

The charges, Tray said, will be filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Anthony J. Kilker, Shenandoah.

Monaghan said the incident came to light about 7 p.m. Saturday when he was called to the home to check on the welfare of Turkavage and found the animals.

At the scene, Monaghan said he found three dead horses and one dead goat. The SPCA removed four dogs from the home that were alive and found three others that were dead, he said.

One horse was also found alive, Monaghan said.

The horses and goat had been dead for an extended amount of time, Monaghan said.

"They were there quite a while, it was almost like they were in a mummified state," he said. "This had been going on for some time."

In addition to the animals, Monaghan said the home was filthy and littered with animal feces that posed a danger to human life.

Although Turkavage resides in the home on occasion, Monaghan said the woman works in the Poconos and is not there a majority of the time.

Monaghan said the charges come under the cruelty to animals section of the Crimes Code and deal with the neglect Turkavage subjected the dogs, horses and goats.

Case Updates

Denise Turkavage was found guilty of 1 count of animal cruelty.
Source: Magisterial District Court 21-3-05
Update posted on Apr 7, 2013 - 9:51PM 


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