Sabrina Lee Carmack found out Monday she will only allowed to have one pet a dog for the next two decades and must pay Canyon County just over $3,300 to cover the cost of care for 10 animals seized from her home last November.
Canyon County Sheriffs deputies seized two ponies, two horses, and six goats in November from Carmacks home at 28811 Old Highway 30 for treatment of malnutrition and other health-related issues.
One of the horses taken from the home had to be euthanized.
A jury found Carmack guilty of 10 misdemeanor counts of committing cruelty to animals in March.
On Monday, 3rd District Judge Jerold W. Lee gave the 57-year-old Carmack a suspended five year prison sentence and placed her on 20 years unsupervised probation, which allows animal control inspectors access to Carmacks property to investigate her care, custody, maintenance and possession of animals.
Carmack must also pay $1,525 in fines. She has until April 15 to find housing for the animals she currently has except for one dog.
At the time of the seizure in November, Carmack had five dogs. Of the 10 animals seized, Carmack had to forfeit nine of them. She did get one of the ponies back. The remaining eight animals have all been placed with new owners, Canyon County Deputy Prosecutor Madison Hamby said.
Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor said Tuesday he was pleased with Carmacks sentence.
To inflict cruelties on defenseless animals is to abuse one of the cardinal tenets of our community; the reverence for life, Taylor said Tuesday. (Carmack) disregarded that tenet and the compassion she should have had for these animals. I am pleased that she will not be allowed to have more than one dog.
At the time of the seizure, Carmack was on probation after pleading guilty in November to a misdemeanor charge of having too many dogs without a kennel license. Court records indicate that probation was to last for 90 days.
Deputies began their investigation after getting a citizen tip last fall and found the animals in an "emaciated condition, Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said. Deputies consulted with three vets, who all agreed the animals needed to be seized, he said.
Police have charged Carmack with several misdemeanor counts of failure to purchase a dog license and given her numerous tickets for canines running at large in Canyon County over the last few years, but many of those cases were dismissed, according to court records.