Former pet shop owner sentenced to probation, more after pleading guilty to cruelty charges

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MACOMB, Ill. — An Avon woman was sentenced Monday after officials found more than 40 dead animals and dozens more neglected inside the Macomb Pet Land.

Jessica Spangler, 39, was sentenced to 30 months probation and has to serve 120 days in home confinement with an ankle bracelet. She also cannot have any kinds of companion animals or pets for the 30 months of probation. Additionally, Spangler must have a mental health evaluation within 30 days, has to pay a $5,000 fine and has lost the right to her FOID card.

Spangler pleaded guilty in May on four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals. She appeared in McDonough County Court.

Macomb police said among the dead inside the store were rabbits, hamsters and snakes. In total, 41 animals were found dead and 56 were alive. The building’s power was shut off on May 14 and a concerned resident sent a tip to officers about two weeks later.

Spangler was released on bond and said she coordinated with another person to take care of the animals, but was not aware they were not being cared for.

The other animals have since been placed in foster homes by the McDonough County Animal Shelter.

The Macomb Pet Land is not affiliated with the franchise based in Ohio.

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