Potter may get 90 days in jail
A Truckee woman pled guilty to a felony count of animal cruelty and was tentatively sentenced to 90 days in jail by a Nevada County judge on Tuesday, May 15.
But Caroleen “Candy” Potter is scheduled for a sentence modification hearing at the Nevada County Superior Court in Truckee at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, where the terms of her sentence might be changed.
Potter was charged with two felony counts of animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of causing a public nuisance after animal control officers found more than 30 dead cats, 70 live cats, a dead ferret and a live chow dog in her Tahoe Donner condominium in March.
Animal Control officers visited Potter’s home after odor complaints from neighbors tipped them off to the crowded situation.
After finding that the number of cats in Potter’s home was clearly over the town’s legal limit of four, Animal Control officers told Potter she would have to get rid of the cats.
Olsen said Potter asked officers for a week’s grace so she could say goodbye to the animals.
When officers returned a week later they found that Potter had set up a smoldering barbecue pit in one of her bedrooms in what appeared to be an attempt to suffocate and poison the cats. Approximately 15 cats died from the toxic fumes.
Potter was asked to leave the residence and her home was later condemned due to unsanitary conditions.
As part of her recent sentence, Potter will have to attend counseling as directed by her probation officer as well as keep all mental health appointments. The probation order does not restrict her from owning any other animals, but she will have to forfeit any cats seized during the investigation.
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