A Menifee woman was sentenced to 60 days in custody Tuesday, Oct. 10, and ordered not to possess any animals during a four-year probation term in connection with an animal hoarding and child endangerment case.
Deputy District Attorney Justin Feikert advised Judge Albert J Wojcik that Traci K. Murray may have animals now and the judge gave Murray 24 hours to get rid of them.
A jury found Murray guilty July 19 of misdemeanor child and animal neglect in a Southwest Justice Center courtroom. Of 26 animals seized, 19 dogs were boarded at Ramona Humane Society in San Jacinto for 15 months. With the criminal case over, the shelter is seeking homes for them.
The judge stated Murray should have no “negative contact” with her daughter, who was not identified by name, because Murray had “put her in such a filthy condition that it could affect her health.”
Tracy Macuga, supervising deputy public defender, objected to that probation condition, saying Child Protective Services could make that assessment.
BY GAIL WESSON
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