Woman convicted of animal cruelty

Posted: Friday, March 03, 2000

KENAI (AP) -- A jury found a Soldotna-area woman guilty of cruelty to animals Thursday. The charge came after Alaska State Troopers found more than 120 animals in poor condition last September at the home of Miriam Mahan, 36.

There were dogs and pigs in the living room, sheep in the flooded basement, and corpses of dead animals outside the home on Funny River Road, investigators said. Many of the animals had not been fed for some time, according to troopers.

Mahan was a fugitive at the time, and her family called authorities because they were concerned about the condition of the animals.

Troopers found nine horses, 34 pigs, eight cows, 21 dogs, 10 cats, 18 sheep, two llamas, six turkeys, three chickens, five ducks, a goat, a cockatoo, a parrot, a chinchilla and a pheasant, according to prosecutors.

The animals were parceled out to private citizens and the local chapter of the Alaska Equine Rescue Association. A food drive for the special dietary requirements of the animals was organized almost immediately. Six of the animals had to be put down.

Mahan originally faced nine counts of animal cruelty, but the judge consolidated them into one. She faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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