Owner Of Alleged Puppy Mill Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty Charge
HOWELL (WWJ/AP) – A 77-year-old woman who had about 90 dogs and puppies removed from her farm has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge.
Margaret Elaine Komorny entered the plea to the felony charge Tuesday in Livingston County District Court. The Howell Township woman faces up to four years in prison, up to a $5,000 fine and up to 500 hours of community service when sentenced July 17.
The charges arose earlier this year when Komorny’s Livingston County farm was raided by authorities who received multiple reports about potential animal neglect at the property, located about 45 miles northwest of Detroit.
Investigators found large-breed dogs and puppies, mainly poodle mixes, living in what were described as disgusting conditions. The animals had severely matted fur and untreated medical conditions — including dental and eye problems, infections, burst ear drums, worms, rotted teeth and muscular atrophy, according to court records. Investigators said the floors were filthy, coated in urine and feces.
Authorities seized 91 dogs and puppies, although two died. The animals will be made available for adoption once they’re healthy.
Komorny had earlier denied allegations by authorities that the animals were living in unsanitary conditions. She said her business was a “kennel” that sold the dogs online.
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