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Man arrested after bodies of 183 animals found in freezer

Turland
Mohave County Sheriff's Office
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Michael Turland faces animal cruelty charges after 183 frozen animals, including dogs, turtles, lizards, snakes and birds, were found in a freezer at a Golden Valley home where at least some were placed while alive.

A Mohave County man faces animal cruelty charges after 183 frozen animals, including dogs, turtles, lizards, snakes and birds, were found in a freezer at a Golden Valley home where at least some were placed while alive.

A sheriff's office statement said deputies and animal control officers found the frozen animals in a garage freezer April 3.

The office said that was after a woman reported that 43-year-old Michael Patrick Turland of Golden Valley hadn’t returned snakes she’d lent him for breeding.

The office said Turland was arrested Wednesday when deputies were told he had returned to the property.

Court records didn’t list an attorney who could comment on Turland's behalf.