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Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:03 pm

In the presence of more than a dozen volunteers from the Flathead Spay & Neuter Task Force who helped take care of their more than 100 cats after they and the animals were rescued from snowbound trailers last December, Cheryl and Edwin Criswell were sentenced for their felony convictions of aggravated cruelty to animals Thursday evening.

District Court Judge David Ortley listened to testimony and arguments for more than two hours before handing down the sentence, suggestions for which varied widely between the prosecution and defense.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          6 comments:

          • mysecretreasures posted at 1:03 pm on Fri, Oct 21, 2011.

            mysecretreasures Posts: 12

            WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD YOU LET THEM HAVE ANOTHER ANIMAL-WHEN THEY CAN'T TAKE CARE OF
            THEMSELVES------------------------------------THERE ANIMALS DON'T NEED A COMPANION W.T.H

             
          • rallysmom posted at 11:37 am on Fri, Oct 21, 2011.

            rallysmom Posts: 40

            I understand that these people were hoarding animals and they were not being properly cared for. However, three years ago when Dr. Weiner drowned twelve puppies and threw them away he got just a slap on the wrist and a very small fine. These people were at least trying to do the right thing, with good intentions. Montana needs better defined animal cruely laws and sentencing structures.

             
          • Pittbullmama posted at 10:09 am on Fri, Oct 21, 2011.

            Pittbullmama Posts: 34

            I am disappointed with the sentencing. Yes, they are clearly sick, but they should be barred from having ANY animals. It made me sick the cruelty these animals received. They should be jailed. This couple did the same thing in , I think, Idaho???

             
          • momof4 posted at 8:43 am on Fri, Oct 21, 2011.

            momof4 Posts: 118

            I am impressed by Ortley's sentence. It seemed very thoroughly thought out and middle-of-the-road. I know many were out for blood, but I believe Ortley saw through to the sickness behind these crimes and adjusted the sentence accordingly. I hope these people DO spend some of their community service time at an animal facility; maybe they can learn how to love and care for pets in a healthy way.

             
          • MontanaTrace posted at 7:39 am on Fri, Oct 21, 2011.

            MontanaTrace Posts: 344

            Count the pay for employees, vet, meds, building mortgage, electric, heat, water, phones, DSL, insurance, advertising, vehicles and their costs and whatever else I left off.

            These people have OCD. It's a real disease. They need mental health care.

            Don't buy pets, adopt rescue animals.

             
          • kalispelldude posted at 11:50 pm on Thu, Oct 20, 2011.

            kalispelldude Posts: 220

            $400,000 in boarding fees???? Make the animal lovers pay 'em! You know, like with abortion...if you're not willing to adopt them or pay for their care, you don't get an opinion whether they live or die. Don't make taxpayers foot the bill. Cats aren't really viable babies yet anyway. LOL

            OR....I'm sure certain local restaurants may be willing to purchase said cats at a fair price! =P

            And $25 a day PER CAT??? W T F??? I've got 3 cats and it barely costs me that for a month's care...and they are indoor cats...and FAT!!

             

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