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Wis. woman found guilty on animal cruelty charges


CAZENOVIA, Wis. (WKOW) -- After three weeks of trial, a jury found Jennifer Petkus, owner of Thyme & Sage Ranch in Richland County, Wisconsin, guilty on six counts of animal cruelty. 

Petkus was found guilty of starving a dog to death, failing to provide water to animals for the winter of 2008-2009, failing to maintain sufficient cleanliness for animals in her care, and mistreatment of a specific ram, bull dog and border collie.

The six guilty counts can lead to a maximum sentence of 54 months in jail or three years probation and up to $10,000 in fines for each count.

Petkus was arrested on May 19, 2009.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department impounded the animals and the custody of the animals now belongs to the Dane County Humane Society. 

DCHS is working with the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies to look for local volunteer veterinarians and technicians to help care for the animals.

The sentencing for Petkus is scheduled for April 29.

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