Colorado woman pleads guilty in gruesome case of animal abuse

DENVER – A Colorado woman who was charged with over a dozen counts of animal abuse after police found the cadavers of seven dogs inside of her Denver home last fall was sentenced Thursday for the crime.

Marleen Elizabeth Puzak pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated animal cruelty and was sentenced to three years supervised mental health probation, according to a spokesperson from the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

Puzak was also banned from owning animals following the gruesome discovery that led police to remove nearly three dozen animals back in August of 2017.

The Denver District Attorney’s Office also said Puzak agreed to allow law enforcement, probation officials, animal control or any other animal welfare agency to enter and inspect “any premises or property in any jurisdiction where she may be residing or visiting … to ensure she is not around, posses or own any animals.”

Restitution was reserved for later court determination, the Denver DA’s Office said.

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