UPDATE: Montmorency Woman Sentenced for Animal Cruelty - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: Montmorency Woman Sentenced for Animal Cruelty

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In this update, a Montmorency county woman who admitted to neglecting more than 30 dogs and 6 horses will likely not go to jail.

A judge sentenced Jennifer Tucker-Richard to three years probation today.

A court employee tells 9&10 News she'll spend six months in jail, if she violates the terms of her probation, that includes not having any animals.

In January, investigators seized the animals from Richard's home in Hillman.

The Elk Country Animal Shelter took in the dogs, and people lined up for a chance at adopting one.



Jennifer Tucker-Richard has admitted she is guilty of animal cruelty and abandoning.

Tucker-Richard has given all the animals to the animal shelter.

In exchange for the guilty plea, three other counts were dropped.

The animal shelter says now they can move forward with getting animals ready for adoption.

They say animals need to be spayed and neutered, but people can start filling out adoption applications.

Tucker-Richard's sentencing is scheduled for the end of April.


Last week more than 40 animals were seized from Jennifer Tucker-Richard's home, in Montmorency County.

A warrant was issued on Tucker-Richard for two counts of animal cruelty and one count of animal torture.

After being notified of the warrant, Tucker-Richards turned herself in to the Montmorency County Jail around 4:00 PM, last Thursday.

Tucker-Richard will be arraigned on February 15th.