An Arizona man has been arrested after police found 183 animals in his freezer, the Mohave County (Kingman, Ariz.) Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Thursday.
Michael Patrick Turland has been charged with 94 counts of animal cruelty, with dogs and rabbits among the animals he kept frozen. In an interview with authorities, Turland admitted to freezing some of the 183 animals while they were still alive.
Turland’s arrest came after an animal welfare check on April 3. According to the police report, a woman had complained that Turland had agreed to raise her snakes before they disappeared. It was then that an owner of the house in Turland informed the woman about the frozen animals in the garage.
Authorities eventually went to the garage freezer – where they found dead birds, dogs, lizards, mice, snakes, turtles, rabbits and rats.
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Turland’s motive for freezing the animals remains unclear. The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case while Turland is in custody. Authorities are looking for his wife, Brooklyn Beck.
A statement from the sheriff’s office said: “When questioned, Turland ultimately admitted to placing some of the animals in the freezer while they were still alive.”
The United States House of Representatives and Senate passed bills in 2019 making animal cruelty a federal crime.