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Yvonne Petersen-Zich, 49, of Caledonia, was sentenced to serve 60 days in the Racine County Jail after being convicted of three misdemeanor charges of failing to provide an animal with adequate shelter, according to a story in the Journal Times.

Racine County Circuit Court Judge Michael Piontek handed down the sentence on Monday.

Petersen-Zich pleaded no contest to the charges in October and had agreed to a plea deal between her attorney and Racine County prosecutors that called for her serving 18 months probation. The judge was not bound to uphold that agreement.

The Racine County District Attorney’s Office initially charged Petersen-Zich and her  with child neglect, and 16 counts of animal mistreatment — intentional or negligent after finding 14 cats and two dogs “living in squalor.” However, a number of those charges were dropped during the hearing process.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.

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