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Case ID: 820
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat, horse, cow, other farm animal, reptile, bird (other farmed), goat
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Monday, Feb 17, 2003

County: Walworth

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Dorothy L. Sinette

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A woman faces 37 counts of animal mistreatment and related charges after investigators seized hundreds of animals from her farm.  Dorothy L. Sinette, 58, of the town of Spring Prairie, was charged Feb 17, 2003 with six felony counts of animal mistreatment, which are each punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. 

She also was charged with 31 misdemeanor counts of animal mistreatment, failure to provide proper food and drink to animals, and failure to provide proper shelter. Each of those counts is punishable by up to nine months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Authorities from the sheriff's department and an Elkhorn animal shelter searched Sinette's farm in November, according to a criminal complaint. They seized hundreds of animals, including 48 horses, 21 goats, 16 dogs, seven turtles, four cows, two emus, a burro and a cat, the complaint said.  All the animals are now receiving care.

Investigators found horses standing in a pasture eating hay of poor quality, according to the complaint. Most were thin and had overgrown or misshapen hooves. 

Authorities also found 18 goats and a sheep in a pen with straw, feces and urine, according to the complaint. Dogs were found in cages and crates with feces and urine.

She will appear in Walworth County Circuit Court on Feb 20, 2003.


Case Updates

A judge has ordered a Sinette bound over for trial on charges she kept animals in deplorable conditions without food or water. Sinette was scheduled to be arraigned March 28.
Source: The Star Tribune
Update posted on Mar 21, 2003 - 11:29PM 

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