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Psych exam sought in Illinois case involving dead cats, dogs

March 28, 2015

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — A public defender is seeking a psychiatric evaluation for a woman facing animal cruelty charges after dozens of dead cats and dogs were found in her rural northern Illinois home.

The Rockford Register Star (bit.ly/1OKfq4S ) reports that 45-year-old Tina McKinnon of Freeport was arrested March 19 and is next due in court Thursday. Authorities rescued 85 live dogs but found at least 29 dead cats and 36 dead dogs in the rental home.

Stephenson County’s animal control administrator says that 35 of the rescued dogs remain at a veterinary hospital. None of the rescued animals had to be euthanized. But the county had to rent an additional kennel to treat the dogs that aren’t hospitalized and not yet available for adoption.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com

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