Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Former Hibbing lawmaker charged in animal hoarding

By: Janna Goerdt

Two Hibbing residents were recently charged with a combined 67 counts of misdemeanor mistreatment of animals and misdemeanor neglect of animals in the third case of animal hoarding the city has seen in the past year.

Former Minnesota Rep. John Spanish, now 90, was charged with 33 counts of animal neglect and one public nuisance count for keeping dozens of cats inside his home and for disposing of raw sewage in the city’s storm drains. The home Spanish was living in had no running water, according to the police report. All but seven of the cats had to be euthanized.

Hibbing resident Delores Passino, 77, was charged with 34 counts of animal mistreatment. Hibbing authorities recovered 34 live cats and a number of dead cats from her home. All the recovered cats had to be euthanized.

Charges were filed against Spanish and Passino last week in St. Louis County Court, and both are scheduled to appear in court on March 21. Their homes have since been declared unfit for human habitation..." More

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