An Arizona man faces animal cruelty costs after 183 lifeless canine, rabbits, birds and different animals had been discovered in a freezer, together with some that had been apparently frozen whereas alive, officers mentioned.
Mohave county deputies and animal management officers discovered the animals in a garage freezer on 3 April after a lady reported that Michael Patrick Turland, 43, hadn’t returned snakes she’d lent him for breeding, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned Thursday in an announcement. The freezer was at a house that Turland beforehand rented in Golden Valley, a rural neighborhood in far western Arizona.
The frozen animals included canine, turtles, lizards, birds, snakes, mice, rats and rabbits, the assertion mentioned. “Several of the animals appeared to have been frozen alive due to their body positioning.” The sheriff’s workplace mentioned they had been stored in a “large-sized chest freezer”.
The residence’s proprietor reportedly found the frozen animals whereas cleansing after Turland and his spouse vacated the property. The proprietor then contacted the girl who notified the sheriff’s workplace, the assertion mentioned.
Turland was arrested on the residence Wednesday when deputies had been instructed he had returned to the property, the workplace mentioned.
“When interviewed, Turland eventually admitted to placing some of the animals in the freezer when they were still alive,” the assertion mentioned.
Court data didn’t checklist an legal professional who might touch upon behalf of Turland, who was arrested on 94 counts of animal cruelty.