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Ex-director of animal shelter enters plea in neglect case

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A former director of a nonprofit Michigan pet rescue shelter has reached a plea agreement in an animal cruelty case that was brought after about 120 animals were seized by authorities.

Seventy-year-old Sharen Kizer of Howell pleaded no contest Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of animal neglect. She initially faced a felony animal cruelty charge.

Kizer has been ordered to pay nearly $54,000 in restitution to the Livingston County Animal Shelter.

Livingston County Animal Control in December seized about 120 dogs and cats as well as a few birds from sites including Last Chance Rescue in Howell Township, about 45 miles (73 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

An ex-employee of the rescue, Valerie Cunnings, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal neglect and was sentenced to six months of probation.

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