Animal rescue operator gets five years probation

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By Stan Welch

Debra Sheridan, owner and operator of the Golden S animal rescue in the Slabtown area, recently received five years probation on fifty four counts of vaccination violations, and one count of possession of methamphetamine in connection with an incident earlier this year.

Sheridan had been charged with mistreatment of animals as well, but twenty eight charges were dropped after a veterinary examination conducted by the county indicated that the animals were healthy. Sheridan has been charged with mistreatment of animals on three occasions. The last time, March 18 of this year, sixty animals were seized by county law enforcement.

Over the last two years, the county animal shelter has spent approximately $400,000 caring for the animals that have been seized from Sheridan, whose operation is located on Hamlin Road in the Slabtown community. Those animals have now been released to the shelter for possible adoption. Until the case was settled the fifty three dogs and sever cats were being held as evidence and could not be disposed of.

As a result of the most recent sentence, Sheridan is prohibited from operating an animal rescue during the term of her probation.