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Woman Accused of Neglecting Animals Gets Some Returned

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WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) -- A woman accused of failing to give proper care to a variety of animals has recovered some of them -- although she still faces misdemeanor charges.

Sheryl Berger can keep two dogs and must find adoptive families for 15 others. She also can keep more than 20 chickens, including a chicken breed that resembles a turkey.

Authorities confiscated dogs, chickens and other animals from a barn May 4. Authorities say the animals were not in good physical condition and were living in their own waste.

Berger is charged in West Bountiful Justice Court with cruelty toward animals, operating a kennel without a license and giving false information to a police officer.

Davis County prosecutor Mike Nielsen says Berger faces up to $4,000 in restitution for the cost of keeping the animals at the shelter.

Berger, who sells dogs online, says the charges are ridiculous. She says the animals always play in the barn.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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