Salina woman found guilty in unlicensed animal facility case

Gavel (KSN News)

SALINA, Kan. (AP) – A 51-year-old woman was found guilty in the operation of an unlicensed animal boarding facility in Salina.

The Salina Journal reports that Stephanie Pankratz was convicted Monday on 80 counts in connection with the facility, including 22 counts of failure to register, 19 counts of not meeting animal care requirements and three counts of owning prohibited wild, exotic, poisonous or vicious animals.

Authorities say Salina Animal Shelter workers confiscated 51 animals from Pankratz’s boarding facility called Playful Pets on Oct. 23, 2014. According to the shelter’s animal services supervisor, Vanessa Cowie, workers found excessive feces, fleas and evidence of intestinal parasites at the facility. Cowie also said the facility was over capacity and did not have electricity.

Pankratz is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 28.

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