FREDERICK, Md. - A Lewistown woman must find a new home under her plea deal in an animal cruelty case involving more than 80 cats.
Kimberly McMillian-Stakes entered an Alford plea Thursday to 14 counts of animal cruelty for failing to provide veterinary care. An Alford plea means a defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges the state could convict her at trial.
Prosecutors agreed to drop 90 other counts.
McMillian-Stakes was granted probation before judgment, placed on three years of supervised probation and given a suspended $7,000 fine.
The deal prohibits McMillian-Stakes from owning animals or having any on the property where she lives. Because the property owner has pets, McMillian-Stakes must move by Sept. 1.
She also must get a mental health evaluation and allow random, unannounced inspections of her home.
(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Clothes have a starring role at the Cannes Film Festival. (Photos)
Star-studded event raises millions for AIDS research. (Photos)
A fallen officer's daughter gets a swarm of support. (Photos)
A study has a gloomy forecast for U.S. amphibians.