TWO EL DORADO COUNTY WOMEN ENTER GUILTY PLEAS IN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE
(Placerville, CA) – Two El Dorado County ladies, Jennifer Cowles, 48, and her mom Adele Painter, 71, of El Dorado, have pled responsible to animal cruelty expenses, in a case the place a number of animals had been uncovered to inhumane situations and extreme neglect. The responsible pleas had been entered into El Dorado County Superior Court on April 19, 2022. The animals concerned in the case — together with a number of canines whose mouths had been duct taped shut to maintain them quiet, forcing them to go for prolonged intervals of time with out water, and at the least one horse that was severely malnourished — had been eliminated by El Dorado County Animal Services and given shelter and wanted medical care.
“What these animals endured was horrific,” mentioned Henry Brzezinski, Chief of El Dorado County Animal Services. “Thankfully, we had been in a position to intervene, present help to them, and produce decision to this case.” According to Brzezinski, Cowles pled responsible to 1 felony rely of animal cruelty and Painter to a misdemeanor animal cruelty cost. In addition to each being ordered by the court docket to not possess any animals for 10 years, Cowles shall be on two years formal probation, Painter on one 12 months abstract probation, and each are topic to look and seizure, and restitution to Animal Services. They are additionally required to inform Animal Services inside 48 hours of any change in their tackle.
The case initially started as a business kennel investigation in October 2020 when the 2 ladies, suspected of working a pet mill, had been issued a number of County citations for working with no business kennel license, permitting their horses to run free, and neglecting to supply water for a number of animals, together with livestock. Follow up checks had been carried out by El Dorado County Animal Services, and in June 2021 with the execution of a search warrant, Animal Services discovered proof of cruelty and extreme neglect, together with canines with duct tape round their mouths; all of the canines had new wounds and previous scarring on their muzzles from constantly being taped again and again. Evidence of malnourished animals and a horse that was ravenous, 300 kilos underweight and wanted rapid veterinary therapy to forestall dying, and different inhumane situations, had been additionally discovered, together with information of unlawful gross sales of the puppies. Animal Services eliminated the animals from the property — a complete of 17 animals (8 canines, 5 goats, 1 sheep, and three horses) — and supplied for his or her wanted care.
In October 2021, after Cowles and Painter had been arraigned, a comply with up search was carried out to find out if Cowles and Painter had been complying with their court docket ordered situations of launch. It was decided that they had been concealing seven canines on their property on Goldorado Trail, in the city of El Dorado. Two grownup canines had been stashed in trash cans and two litters of puppies had been dumped in the woods behind the home in an try to cover the canines from Animal Services. These animals had been seized and supplied care by Animal Services.
“Thankfully, these people will not have animals in their possession,” mentioned Brzezinski. “We’d like to specific our gratitude to our company companions who helped us convey decision to the case. Many because of El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Whyte and the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office, particularly District Attorney Vern Pierson for his continued assist of animal crimes prosecution; Detective Chris Macres and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office; Crossroads and Loomis Veterinary Hospitals; and Animal Services Officer Jessica Rorick and all the El Dorado County Animal Services officers and shelter employees who supplied help and care of those uncared for animals.” Brzezinski additionally thanked volunteer Marianne Cann, who gave particular care to the ravenous horse to convey her again to good well being.
According to Brzezinski, all the animals initially faraway from the property have since recovered and been positioned with new houses and/or animal welfare companions. The canines and puppies eliminated in October of 2021 shall be positioned up for adoption as soon as they’ve been cleared by the Animal Services veterinarian and are prepared for adoption. Pictures and data relating to the animals, when prepared for adoption, shall be posted to El Dorado County Animal Services’ web site: https://www.edcgov.us/Government/AnimalServices/Pages/animal_services_main_info.aspx
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Booking pictures of Painter (left) and Cowles (proper) are proven under.
Photos under are some of the animals as they had been discovered on the property. All of those animals had been eliminated
from the property by El Dorado County Animal Services, and acquired wanted medical care and shelter. These animals
have since recovered and been positioned with new houses and/or animal welfare companions.