Michigan State University veterinary professor charged with felony animal neglect

A Michigan State University veterinary professor was charged with felony animal neglect after law enforcement officials reportedly found 19 unhealthy animals in her Michigan home.

Livingston Daily reported that when sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 hang-up call at Patricia Schenck’s residence on Dec. 12, they discovered 17 dogs and two cats in poor shape. The sheriff told the media that one of the dogs in particular “was in terrible condition.”

One of the dogs, a 17-year-old, had to be euthanized, and most of the others were taken to a local shelter, the news site reported.

According to Livingston Daily, Schenck was arraigned Dec. 20 with one count of animal neglect, for which she faces a maximum penalty of four years of prison. Her preliminary hearing on Jan. 10 will determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

Schenck, 55, who is an assistant professor of endocrinology at Michigan State, has been suspended with pay by the school while her case is examined in Clinton County District Court, Livingston Daily said.

Schenck is out on $2,500 bail and has been prohibited from possessing any pets.