Court rejects cat hoarders' appeal of convictions
The Montana Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a northwestern Montana couple's conviction of aggravated cruelty to animals after 116 cats were found living in filthy, snowbound trailers.
The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/11pSxhu) the court announced the decision July 2 involving Edwin and Cheryl Criswell.
The cats were found in December 2010 and a jury in September 2011 returned a guilty verdict. In October 2011 Cheryl Criswell received a two-year sentence deferred over a period of six years. Edwin Criswell got a two-year suspended sentence but has since been imprisoned after violating his probation.
In September 2006, the Criswells entered Alford pleas to 10 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty in northern Idaho in what officials then called the largest animal hoarding case in state history involving 430 animals.