An assistant professor at Michigan State University's veterinary school has received probation after authorities say they found 17 dogs and two cats in poor condition at her home.
The Lansing State Journal reports that 55-year-old Patricia Schenck pleaded no contest Friday in 65th District Court in St. Johns to misdemeanor malicious destruction of personal property.
A no contest plea isn't an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.
Schenck had been charged with felony animal neglect. She also was ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution and court costs. She had been suspended with pay from her job at Michigan State.
Officials said the animals were found Dec. 12 at Schenck's home north of Lansing in Olive Township.