FOUR-HUNDRED ANIMALS: Women charged with animal cruelty sentenced

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Donna Mead and Dawn Spoolman will not be around animals for a while.

They were both found guilty of animal cruelty and sentenced to four years of probation in court Tuesday morning. This sentencing stems back to a case from October 2016.

Mead and Spoolman were arrested after more than 400 animals were discovered trapped in their Cold Creek home living in unsanitary conditions.

In an arrest warrant, officers said their eyes watered and they had difficulty breathing while entering the home. Police say they found dogs trapped in cages they couldn't move in, and a turtle living in the bathtub surrounded by dead goldfish.

On Tuesday, the state asked the judge to sentence Mead and Spoolman to four years probation, with conditions of having no contact with animals for four years, and undergo a mental health evaluation. The judge complied with that request.

Most of the animals rescued were taken to the Animal Foundation on Mojave Road. About 100 of them had to be euthanized for medical reasons.

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