DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Charity Jean Miller, 21, of Park Rapids was sentenced in Becker County District Court on two misdemeanor counts of animal abandonment.

Six other misdemeanor counts of animal abandonment and depriving an animal of food, water or shelter were dropped in a plea agreement.

According to court records, on April 14, a Detroit Lakes police officer, responding to a dog-at-large complaint, learned that Miller had moved out of her residence on the 300 block of Elm Street, leaving behind two dogs and two cats in her apartment.

The officer talked to her on the phone that day and was told she would have someone pick up the cats, but no one did.

Miller appeared Oct. 25 before District Judge Vicki Landwehr, who sentenced her on the first charge to 90 days in jail, stayed one year, and ordered her to pay $7,746 in restitution, a $300 fine and $90 in court fees. She was placed on unsupervised probation for one year, and ordered to own no pets during that time, and to submit to random visits by an animal protection agent.

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On the second charge, the same sentence applied, only with a $300 fine and $465 in court fees.