Mohave County man arrested after 183 animal bodies found in freezer

GOLDEN VALLEY — A Mohave County man is facing animal cruelty charges after 183 frozen animals were found in a freezer, some of them apparently frozen while alive, officials said.

Deputies and animal control officers found the animals frozen in a garage freezer on April 3 after a woman reported that Michael Patrick Turland, 43, of Golden Valley, failed to return the snakes that she had lent him for breeding, the sheriff’s office said in a statement Thursday.

Frozen animals included dogs, turtles, lizards, birds, snakes, mice, rats and rabbits, according to the statement. “Several of the animals appeared to have been frozen alive due to the position of their bodies.”

The home owner reportedly discovered the frozen animals while cleaning up after Turland and his wife left the property. The owner then contacted the woman who notified the sheriff’s office, according to the statement.

Turland was arrested at the home on Wednesday when deputies were told he was at the property, the office said.

“When questioned, Turland eventually admitted to placing some of the animals in the freezer while they were still alive,” the statement said.

Court records did not mention a lawyer who could comment on belaying Turland, who was arrested on 94 counts of animal cruelty.

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