MSU Professor Gets Probation in Animal Neglect Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An assistant professor at Michigan State University's veterinary school has received probation after authorities say they found 17 dogs and two cats in poor condition at her home.
55-year-old Patricia Schenck pleaded no contest Friday in 65th District Court in St. Johns to misdemeanor malicious destruction of personal property.
A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.
Schenck had been charged with felony animal neglect. She also was ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution and court costs. She had been suspended with pay from her job at Michigan State.
Officials said the animals were found Dec. 12 at Schenck's home north of Lansing in Olive Township.

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  • by Gina Location: Leslie on Mar 17, 2013 at 06:52 AM
    MSU Professor Animal Neglect.\ Why probation - this was an educated woman who knew better - she abused 17 animals. She should have done jail time.
  • by Mark Location: Mason on Mar 16, 2013 at 05:58 AM
    Probation - AGAIN with the probation! And this person is supposed to teach others how to treat animals. Disgusting. Well, at least the fine is pretty stiff. I hope the lesson is learned.
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