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Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 10:00 pm

A man convicted with his wife of felony aggravated cruelty to animals in September 2011 following the rescue of 116 cats from their snowbound trailers is heading to prison.

Edwin Criswell was sentenced Thursday to two years with the Montana Department of Corrections after he failed to meet requirements of his two-year deferred sentence, violating his probation.

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          • KittyMOM posted at 1:46 pm on Sun, Mar 3, 2013.

            KittyMOM Posts: 1

            The Criswells were parasites on society!! They said they got in trouble because people didn't help them. What about JOBS???? The cats were a smoke screen so the Criswells could be supported by all of you with jobs that love cats. Those poor cats had diseases, worms, malnutrition, upper respitory and lots of other stuff. It was horrible, the way those cats were existing. No animal deserves that. They should both be in jail......and yes those cats have all been rehabilitated and adopted into good homes. It was a lot of work and a lot of expense for many people.

          • openminded posted at 7:24 pm on Mon, Feb 4, 2013.

            openminded Posts: 4

            The details of this have not been made clear to the public. Ed and Cheryl are both good people. They adopted most of the animals from the shelter that were unwanted and scheduled to be euthanize. They got snowed in and stopped receiving the aid they had arranged to provide the animals with the appropriate care. They were not caught, they called the county for help because they got in over their heads. Although they have made poor decisions that reflect negatively on their character, I would just like to say in their defense that they are very caring people who have taken care of others in great times of need. Ed was volunteering at the homeless shelter before it became apart of his mandatory sentence and Cheryl was an angel to the ladies who stayed at the shelter as well. She provided friendship to ladies without a friend, and love to anyone who needed it. They are not bad people, just normal people who made mistakes. It's hard to get housing and employment with your mistakes being made public. People are quick to judge. They needed help not jail time. They are not perfect, but none of us are.

          • rallysmom posted at 8:49 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

            rallysmom Posts: 40

            James & kalispelldude, you really think its okay to have over 100 cats in a trailer? None of those cats were getting proper care, food, excersize or even attention. Animal hoarding is serious. We need to have more and stricter laws preventing animal abuse not less. Montana is a joke when it comes to animal abuse laws. If this had been in any other state, they both would have been in jail, no deferred sentances. When you take on an animal, you are taking responsibility for that animal. You have to be able to afford all of the costs that go along with it for food, vet visits, treats and toys. You have to have space for the animal to play and get excersize. You have to have enough time in your day to provide adequate attention to that animal. Anyone who doesn't get that should not have pets and anyone who hoards animals needs to be punished. End of story.

          • Partyer posted at 8:10 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

            Partyer Posts: 685

            I think his PO stacked the deck against him, which they can do if they don't like you.
            The article forgot to mention that the Criswells have been in trouble for cat hoarding before in another state?
            They must not get it. I surmise that they are mentally ill, insane, may be a risk to society. If that isn't clearly evident to you, maybe it is to the people dealing with them. And they are big time druggies, apparently, had that ever been mentioned before?
            They don't sound like anybody I want around my neighborhood, school, or family. If they get taken out of circulation for a while it's okay with me.

          • kalispelldude posted at 7:43 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

            kalispelldude Posts: 220

            I agree James. It's stupid that they received even deferred jail time in the first place. Or even had charges brought against him. What a huge waste of taxpayer money. Gov't should have just let them be. Absolutely ridiculous.

          • mom posted at 6:18 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

            mom Posts: 629

            Doing hard time sucks. I do everything I can to prevent going back, the terms of parole are pretty simple. To fight back or ignore the rules is stupid, it says "I want to go to prison." I think Criswell must be an idiot, there is no other logical explanation for his behavior.

          • MontanaJim72 posted at 2:08 am on Fri, Feb 1, 2013.

            MontanaJim72 Posts: 223

            “We just picked up the cross and followed Jesus, but we didn’t find the right people to help us,” Cheryl Criswell said. “We found control freaks and some manipulators, and they managed to get their way.”

            I thought you didn't need any of the "right" people to help you when you "picked up the cross and followed Jesus". So this guy can still afford his meth habit, and can only pay $21 for his supervision fee, and nothing else. I am sure the taxpayers are going to pay for the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. This won't be the last we hear of this couple. The only good side of this is that their 116 cats are hopefully in a better place now.

          • james posted at 11:15 pm on Thu, Jan 31, 2013.

            james Posts: 516

            prison for hoarding cats? but pull a gun on someone and that charge will be dropped, what proud citizens we are with the most screwed up justice system in the country, thow thier wothless butts out


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