Monday, December 28, 2009

Animal abuser in trouble again

A woman convicted of abusing animals at her Sterling Heights kennel in 2008 faces a probation violation hearing for keeping two pets and an unregistered handgun in her Sanilac County home.

Lorri Nichiow-Brubaker, 50, appeared in front of a Macomb County judge twice in October and again last week, and is scheduled to face a Jan. 21 hearing. She was released on a $10,000 personal bond and was referred for a mental competency evaluation.

Nichiow-Brubaker's Lornich Kennels was raided in April 2008, and police found ill-treated animals, mostly dogs. She was ordered in July 2008 to serve five years probation and pay $17,500 in restitution after she pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, the second time she been convicted of the charge.

Probation conditions prevent her from living with or caring for animals, and Judge David Viviano said at the time he would sentence her to jail time if she violated probation conditions and if he saw her "handling animals improperly."..."