GOLDEN VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man faces animal cruelty charges after authorities say 183 dead animals were found in a freezer, including some that were apparently frozen while alive.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and animal control officers found the animals in a garage freezer on April 3 after a woman reported that 43-year-old Michael Patrick Turland hadn’t returned the snakes she’d lent him for breeding.
The freezer was at a home that Turland previously rented in rural Golden Valley, in far western Arizona. Authorities say the frozen animals included dogs, turtles, lizards, birds, snakes, mice, rats, and rabbits.
Court records didn’t list an attorney who could comment on Turland's behalf.
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