An assistant professor at MSU's veterinary school is facing prison time after police found several animals in poor condition at her home.
Patricia Schenck was charged with one felony count of animal neglect last month after Clinton county sheriff's deputies found 17 dogs and two cats at the home she shares with her parents in Olive Township.
A statement from MSU says Schenck has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case. Kent Casella, an MSU spokesperson, said in her role at the college, Schenck did not treat animals, nor do the charges against her pertain to her work with the college.
Schenck is due back in court for a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.