Sheridan woman pleads guilty to animal crime


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:40 am on Monday, April 22, 2013

Nancy Muller of Sheridan appeared in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton with her attorney, John Raven, to enter a guilty plea Thursday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

STANTON — A Sheridan woman pleaded guilty as charged Thursday after 62 animals were seized from her home last autumn.

Nancy Muller, 57, pleaded guilty to abandoning/cruelty to 10 or more animals, a felony with a possible four-year prison sentence. However, it’s possible she will serve 60 days of jail or less due to a sentencing agreement with the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office.

Montcalm County Animal Control officials executed a search warrant on Oct. 15, 2012, seizing 52 dogs and 10 cats from Muller’s residence on South Sheridan Road (M-66) in Sidney Township. Animal Control was assisted by the Michigan State Police. The action came after Animal Control received a complaint about Muller’s residence.

Animal Control had to send all the animals which were at the animal shelter in Stanton at that time to the Kent County Animal Shelter in Grand Rapids and to other rescue facilities to make room for the seized animals.

Muller pleaded guilty Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court, offering a brief explanation to Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger of the situation.

“I failed to provide adequate housing,” Muller told the judge. “They were inside. There were just too many.”

Muller will be sentenced at a later date.

Call Animal Control at (989) 831-7355 for more information about the seized animals.

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