copyright the Chronicle June 29, 2016
by Joseph Gresser
NEWPORT — The Holland woman whose barn was filled with starving and dead goats admitted guilt Tuesday and will spend 15 days of an 18-to-36-month sentence in jail.
Stacey Lynn Lopes, 42, now of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, pled guilty to three charges of cruelty to animals by depriving them of food and water, and a felony charge of cruelty to animals by causing them undue pain.
In the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen ordered Ms. Lopes to serve the jail portion of her otherwise suspended sentence in three-day chunks on consecutive weekends.
Under the terms of a plea agreement worked out with the Orleans County State’s Attorney, Ms. Lopes is no longer allowed to own or care for animals. She will remain on probation for three years.
Dr. Kristin Haas, veterinarian with the state Agency of Agriculture, told police on May 8, 2015, she found several malnourished and dead goats at a farm in Holland…To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:
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