A Maryland woman will spend 180 days in jail for keeping 66 dogs in deplorable conditions in her home.
A district court judge sentenced 47-year-old Katherine Ting Tiong, of Rockville, to more than 16 years in prison with all but 180 days suspended. She also will be placed under three years probation and has been ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.
The judge said the dogs would have been better off euthanized than continue living in her home.
Ting Tiong was charged earlier this year after police rescued the dogs on New Year’s Day.
The dogs were found in varying levels of distress, according to the Animal Services Division of the Montgomery County Police Department. Many of the animals had dirty fur soaked in urine, infections or suffered from other untreated diseases.
Three of the dogs had to be euthanized, and another also died.
Ting Tiong told authorities she was operating a rescue service called Forever Homes Animal Rescue.
Before sentencing Friday, Ting Tiong told News4's Kristin Wright she had lined up a rescue in New Jersey to pick up 30 of the dogs.
The police investigation officially began after one of the dogs bit a woman at a Potomac pet adoption event in December.
Most of the surviving dogs have been adopted, but some of them are still working through issues with their new families, according to Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center. Three of the dogs are still up for adoption.
To adopt, call 240-773-5900.