New charges in County Antrim animal cruelty case | New
BELLAIRE – A woman previously wanted on animal cruelty charges in separate cases spanning two states faces five new felony charges in County Antrim.
Brooklynn Beck, 28, of Central Lake, appeared before a magistrate in the 86th District Court, after five charges of murdering and torturing animals were added to a single charge of animal abuse.
Michael Patrick Turland, 43, with addresses in Central Lake and Kingman, Ariz., is listed as a co-defendant.
Beck and Turland, a man previously identified as Beck’s fiancé, are being investigated by law enforcement officers in Michigan and Arizona after more than 200 exotic pets were found dead in freezers on the property the couple occupied, officials said.
Beck pleaded not guilty to the additional charges of killing and torturing animals on Tuesday and his $25,000/10% bond was upheld by magistrate Sarah Lorigan.
The complaint filed May 18 by County Antrim prosecutor James Rossiter says Beck is accused of knowingly killing or torturing a dog, two snakes, an iguana and a lizard.
An earlier charge said Beck failed to provide adequate care or negligently left 25 or more animals to suffer unnecessary neglect, torture or pain.
The six counts carry four to seven years in prison and fines ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, according to court records.
A preliminary examination is scheduled for June 15, according to court records.
Beck requested a court-appointed attorney, and records show the Michigan Indigent Defense Council assigned the case to Mattias Johnson.
Johnson did not return a call seeking comment on Tuesday.
Beck and Turland together owned House of Floof, a dog grooming business they operated out of a rented warehouse in Central Lake, Sheriff Dan Bean previously said.
Beck was also previously charged in a Grand Traverse County animal cruelty incident and arraigned in April on a single misdemeanor charge following a report from staff at another dog grooming business, This One. here in Blair Township.
Beck was employed by the unnamed grooming company and had only worked there for a few months, officials said, when she was fired after a small-breed dog – a 10- to 12-year-old Shih Tzu – died after being returned to its owner.
Bean said County Antrim officials were aware of complaints from House of Floof customers, but it was the grim discovery of exotic animals frozen alive in a chest freezer in a house the couple rented that the couple said Bean, resulted in the initial arrest warrant.
Bean said officers at the Muckle Road property also found dozens of live animals, including dogs, rabbits, mice, painted turtles, a large turtle, a small turtle, a bearded dragon, a monitor lizard , chameleons and at least 20 snakes.
A similar discovery has already been confirmed by law enforcement in Mohave County, Arizona, officials said, and court records show Turland was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty when a landlord in April found 183 dead animals in a freezer at a house the couple rented. .
Turland, who is listed as having both Central Lake and Kingman, Arizona addresses, was arraigned in Mohave County Superior Court on May 26, court records show.
In Grand Traverse County, Magistrate Tammi Rodgers previously released Beck on a $5,000 personal bond.
No upcoming court date is listed in the case, following a May 20 request by Beck for the court to appoint him a new attorney.