Kennel owner sentenced to jail, probation in abuse case

Published: Oct. 8, 2018 at 3:26 PM CDT
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A Sheboygan County woman has been sentenced to a year in jail and eight years on probation in a child and animal abuse case.

Christie Rose Tuchel appeared before a judge Oct. 5 for sentencing. In June, a jury found her guilty of 26 out of 38 counts. Two of the charges for which she was convicted are felonies--Causing Mental Harm to a Child and Mistreatment of Animals/Cause Death.

In July 2017, dozens of dogs--alive and dead--were seized from Kinship Companion Kennels in the Town of Wilson.

According to the criminal complaint, about 37 dogs were found alive and a majority of them were significantly underweight and had other health issues. Those issues include ear infections, dental disease, and worms.

The bodies of 31 more dogs were found in two large chest freezers and possibly 10 other dogs, but the bodies were so decomposed it was hard to tell, reads the criminal complaint.

The complaint says many of the dogs died of malnutrition, dehydration, fights, a flood at the kennel, worms, other infections, or as a result of being put down.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office said it had received numerous requests to check the dogs at Kinship Companion Kennels. The kennel had lost its conditional use permit through the township and its dog selling license through the state.

The surviving dogs were taken to the Sheboygan County Humane Society and Wisconsin Humane Society where their conditions improved significantly due to proper medication and treatment.

As part of sentencing, Tuchel can own no animals.

Co-defendant Anthony James Keyport will be sentenced Oct. 12. Co-defendant Breanna Mikula will stand trial later this month.