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A man in Arizona was arrested and charged with a shocking 94 counts of animal cruelty after officials found nearly 200 animals in his freezer.
Michael Patrick Turland had approximately 183 animals stuffed in his freezer, including dogs, birds, turtles, and rabbits. The 43-year-old man admitted to freezing some of the animals while they were still alive said the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies were called to the home in Golden Valley for an animal welfare check. The caller told authorities that Turland agreed to breed snakes for her before he disappeared for months. The woman was contacted by the new property owner, who had found the freezer of dead animals in the garage.
When authorities went to the freezer, they found dead turtles, lizards, birds, snakes, mice, dogs, rats, and rabbits. The sheriff’s office said that “several of the animals appeared to have been frozen alive due to their body positioning.”
Officials tracked down Turland and took him into custody on April 13th. A motive has not been released because of the ongoing investigation. He is being held at the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility in Kingman at the authorities are searching for his wife. This was a horrifying discovery, and this animal cruelty is unacceptable. Sign this petition to demand all states make all animal abuse a felony now!
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