Owner Of Alleged Puppy Mill Gets Probation For Animal Cruelty Charge

HOWELL (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan woman who had about 90 dogs and puppies removed from her farm has been sentenced to five years of probation on an animal cruelty charge.

Margaret Elaine Komorny, of Howell Township, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to the felony charge last month.

The judge ordered that Komorny also not own any animals. She already forfeited ownership rights to puppies and adult dogs that were seized in May. Her lawyers said she also has sick horses that she’s planning to euthanize.

(credit: Pam Sordyl/For The HSUS)

(credit: Pam Sordyl/For The HSUS)

The charge arose in May 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.

(credit: Pam Sordyl/For The HSUS)

(credit: Pam Sordyl/For The HSUS)

Authorities seized 91 dogs and puppies, although two died.

Komorny had earlier denied allegations by authorities that the animals were living in unsanitary conditions. She denied accusations that she was running a “puppy mill,” saying her business was a “kennel” that sold the dogs online.

(credit: Pam Sordyl/For The HSUS)

(credit: Pam Sordyl/For The HSUS)

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