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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Guilty plea from woman in Granite Falls animal cruelty case


March 21, 2011

On Wednesday, March 16, former Granite Falls resident Diane Cowling, 55, pleaded guilty to six counts of animal cruelty just one day after her son, Michael Cowling, 36, also made the same plea.

Snohomish County prosecutors say they will recommend the maximum sentence under the law which could mean a year in jail for the Cowlings.

The Cowlings were arrested in Lake Stevens by Granite Falls Police Chief Dennis Taylor after Granite Falls Police found almost three dozen cats and dogs dead in the Cowling’s foreclosed home on Jan. 21.

The Cowlings are being charged with six counts of animal cruelty due to negligence after allegedly leaving the animals locked inside the home without food or water when they moved.

Prosecutors said that the Cowling’s actions caused a considerable amount of pain and suffering to the animals.

Prosecutors are asking for a few weeks to prepare before sentencing the two.


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