Thyme and Sage Ranch Founder Charged With Animal Cruelty
The founder of the Thyme and Sage Ranch, an animal sanctuary Richland County, Wisconsin has been charged with 11 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty after nearly 400 animals–including 315 dogs– were seized from her property.
The charges include mistreatment of animals by intent or negligence.Many of the animals are suffering from skin, eye and ear conditions, malnutrition and various internal infections.
Despite numerous attempts to have Jennifer Petkus, the found of the sanctuary, sign the seized animals over to authorities, she continues to refuse to relinquish ownership.
By law, the Dane County Humane Society cannot place any animals up for adoption until Petkus surrenders them or a judge mandates their release.