Arizona State Police arrested a man after 183 animals, including dogs, cats and birds, were found in the freezer of his home. Michael Patrick Turland, 43, admitted that some of them had been frozen while alive. The case was filed in Mohave County and Turland received 94 counts of animal cruelty.
Local police spokeswoman Anita Mortensenella told the BBC: “The photos taken at the scene were absolutely disgusting. Heartbreaking. As an animal lover, I cried just seeing them.”
Police found dogs, turtles, lizards, birds, snakes, rats, mice and rabbits frozen after they received a tip from a woman who had taken the snakes to Turland for breeding. She disappeared after a few months and was unable to retrieve the animals.
The woman told police that she was contacted by the property owner after Turland and his wife moved out of their house in the Golden Valley area. According to her, when the owner went to clean the apartment, a freezer full of dead animals was found in the garage, including snakes that had been given away months ago.
Last Wednesday, police received information that Turland had returned home and had been arrested. Investigators are now investigating what may have inspired the acts of cruelty and are looking for Turland’s wife, Brooklyn Beck.
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