Former pet store owner sentenced for animal cruelty

Pet Store Owner Sentenced To 90 Days Jail Time

DENVER - A Broomfield former pet store owner found guilty of animal cruelty will spend 90 days in jail.

Jefferson County Judge Richard Hall sentenced Marilyn Moreland on Thursday morning. Hall also fined her $1,000, required her to take anger management classes and ordered her not to care for or sell animals for the next four years.

Moreland was the owner of the now closed MJM Caviary and Rabbitry. A jury found her guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after a customer complained she improperly shaved the beak and cut the feathers of a parrot.

Moreland's attorney refused comment after the sentencing, but she told the court that she "would never deliberately hurt and animal." She also said that most of the complaints against her were from those who owed her money.

Hall told her that he found the case disturbing and felt she showed no remorse for the abuse of the animal.

Hall also said that he was going to sentence her to jail, rather than in-home detention because "this isn't traffic court."

Moreland pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty in 2000, according to court records. But state Department of Agriculture Pet Animal Care Facilities Act officials allowed her to keep her license despite the plea.

CALL7 Investigators also found a series of violations in Moreland’s PACFA file dating back to 1997, including selling dogs without a license. Moreland has repeatedly checked "no" on her license applications in the place where the state asks if she has ever pleaded guilty to animal cruelty or neglect even after her guilty plea in 2000, PACFA records show.

After the CALL7 Investigation and her second conviction, PACFA officials revoked her license.

Moreland was taken into custody after sentencing.

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