An assistant professor at Michigan State University's veterinary school is charged with animal neglect after authorities reported finding 17 dogs and two cats in poor condition at her home.
The Lansing State Journal reports 55-year-old Patricia Schenck was charged with a felony last month in Clinton County District Court. A preliminary hearing to determine whether there's enough evidence for trial is planned Thursday.
Schenck's lawyer Mick Grewal says negotiations with prosecutors are ongoing.
Michigan State says Schenck is suspended with pay pending the case's outcome. The school says she didn't treat animals at the school.
Officials say the animals were found Dec. 12 at the home north of Lansing in Olive Township, where Schenck lives with her elderly parents.
Schenck faces up to four years in prison if convicted.