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Macomb Pet Land owner sentenced to probation for animal cruelty

MACOMB (WGEM) — A sentencing hearing was held Monday for Macomb’s Pet Land owner Jessica Spangler.

Court records state that Spangler was sentenced to 30 months of probation. She also can’t have contact/own companion animals, she must obtain a mental health and psychological evaluation within 30 days and complete recommended treatment, pay a $5,000 fine, pay $1,995 in restitution and serve 120 days of home confinement.

The Pet Land was closed last year after 41 animals were found dead inside and 56 animals still living.

In May, Spangler pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.

The odor from the building sparked complaints from the public, raising concern for the health of the animals, according to police. They received the first complaint at 1:16 p.m. on May 26.

A warrant was issued for Spangler on May 27 and she was arrested for Aggravated Cruelty to Animals on the warrant by the Fulton County Sheriff and later transported to McDonough County where she was released on bond.

Dead animals included: 8 rabbits, 1 gerbil, 5 hamsters, 10 snakes, 3 hermit crabs, 3 tarantulas, 1 lizard, 1 rat, 1 guinea pig, 1 cockatiel, 5 mice and 2 degus.

All surviving animals were placed in foster homes by the McDonough County Animal Shelter.

Related:
Macomb Pet Land Owner pleads guilty to animal cruelty charges
Police: 41 animals were found dead in the Macomb Pet Land
Macomb Pet Land animals placed in foster homes
Macomb Pet Land Under animal abuse investigation

Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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