Cheryl L. Perkins

Also known as: Cheryl L. Criswell
Business/Organization: Voice of the Animals Camelot Sanctuary, Voice Of The Animals, Inc
Gender: Female
Approximate Age: 58
Location: Blanchard, ID (US)


Dec 22, 2010 - Marion, MT (US)
Dismissed (Conditional): Hoarding - 116 cats seized

Sentence: Lacking any prior felony convictions, Cheryl Criswell was eligible for a deferred sentence. Ortley gave her a two-year sentence to be deferred for six years to allow the state the longest amount of time possible to monitor her behavior and actions. He also ordered her to continue with her mental health assessments and treatment at her cost and complete cognitive principles and restructuring at the discretion of her probation officer.

Cheryl Criswell was also ordered to complete up to 200 hours of community service, also at the discretion of her probation officer. Ortley diverted from sentencing suggestions in the presentence investigation report, however, and left open the option of her completing community service hours with an agency that involves the care of animals, should one accept her.

Each was ordered to pay $160 in court fees and surcharges, a $500 public defender fee, $100 in prosecution fees and $270 in mediation fees. They were ordered to jointly pay $14,684.47 in restitution to the Flathead County Animal Shelter for cat food, litter, outside veterinary care and other supplies.

Both were ordered to seek and maintain employment, but in Cheryl Criswell’s case a stipulation was added that she do so as she is physically and mentally able.

Both were barred from operating or having any involvement in any kind of animal rescue operation. They were also barred from baby-sitting anyone else’s animals at any time.

Ortley said they would be allowed to keep the elderly dog they already have and could each have one companion animal that must be spayed or neutered. Before either is allowed to have a companion animal, it must be determined that they have a proper location to house the animals and the ability to care for them.

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Sep 6, 2006 - Blanchard, ID (US)
Convicted: Hoarding over 400 animals

Sentence: Judge Debra Heise imposed the mandatory minimum fine of $100 per charge -- $1,000 total -- for both defendants, neither of whom are employed.

Perkins and Criswell were placed on unsupervised probation for two years, a condition of which forbids them from having more than 20 domesticated animals in their care. A search provision was included to verify compliance with the probation conditions.... more...