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Rescue Owner Charged With Mistreatment

Richland Center (WKOW) -- Jennifer Petkus, the owner of Thyme and Sage Ranch where approximately 300 animals were seized, was in Richland County Court for a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon.

The judge gave her a 10-thousand dollar signature bond an ordered to stay off her Cazenovia property until the investigation is complete. Once she is allowed to return, Petkus is expected to care for her remaining animals and allow veternarians and law enforcement to check up on them.

She's charged with one count improper sheltering of animals, 10 counts of mistreating animals and 5 counts of unlawful carcass disposal.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals stated in their complaint that many of the dogs suffered from ailments such as severely matted fur, skin infections and open wounds and were housed in poor conditions.

The complaint also states that a ram had to be euthanized on site Tuesday because of severe injuries and that the carcasses of several dogs, horses and donkeys were discovered.

Petkus's lawyer said that those animals cited in the complaint arrived at the ranch recently and were already sick and injured.

Petkus is due back in court on May 29th at 1:15pm.

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