Woman Sentenced In Animal Abuse Case

As we first reported back in February, 35 year old Jennifer Elen Tucker-Richard had turned herself in to the Montmorency County Jail after learning she was wanted on a three count felony warrant.

She was charged with 2 felony counts of Animals-Abandoning/Cruelty to 10 or more animals and one felony count of Animals-Killing/Torturing and one felony count of Animals-Killing/Torturing. The Montmorency County Sheriffs Department seized 37 dogs and 6 miniature horses from Tucker-Richard's residence on Farrier Road in Rust Township over a two day period following reports that the animals were not being properly cared for.

Yesterday,(Monday) she appeared in Montmorency County Circuit Court where she pled guilty to one count of Animal Abandonment and one count of Killing and Torturing Animals.

Tucker-Richard was then sentenced to 6 months in jail, which will be suspended if she successfully completes 3 years of probation.

Fines and fees imposed include more than 13 thousand dollars ($13,774.00) to Montmorency County, nearly 4 thousand ($3,899.01) to Elk Country Animal Shelter and almost 6 hundred ($574.00) to Second Chance Ranch and Rescue. She must also pay 68 dollars ($68.00) to the state, 130 dollars to the Crime Victims Fund and pay court costs of 500 hundred dollars.

She must also perform 250 hours of community service, and has been ordered to have no ownership, or possess animals in her dwelling or property.