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Officials make felony arrest on Rawlins U-Haul animal neglect case


Officials have made an arrest in the case of dozens of neglected animals found in a U-Haul.

Police say Christina Fant, 42, and Jennifer Stracener, 44, both from Louisiana, were arrested by the Carbon County Sheriff’s Department for animal cruelty.

Animal cruelty is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years, according to the Rawlins Police.

According to the department’s post on social media, the discovery was made on Feb. 15., when officers responded to a call to investigate the U-Haul, which had been parked at a motel for two days. 

Officers found 28 dogs and puppies and three cats inside the U-Haul truck, along with “several deceased dogs” packed inside in “extremely unsanitary conditions and with obvious signs of neglect,” according to the Rawlins Police Department.

The animals were transported to the Rochelle Animal Shelter to be evaluated and rehabilitated as the investigation continues.

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.