WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A former veterinarian in Williamson County was sentenced in court to two years in probation after being found guilty of multiple counts of animal cruelty in July.
Elisa Kirkpatrick was charged with one felony count of aggravated animal cruelty, five misdemeanor counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license, and six misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
One of the counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license was dropped.
During the first day of her trial on July 6, four witness were called to the stand to testify about what they saw the day they removed the animals from Kirkpatrick's home.
The charges come after 67 animals were removed from her home along Route 166 in Williamson County in May of 2015.
According to the Williamson County Animal Control, the total number of live animals removed from the home was 33 dogs, 22 cats, three donkeys, two roosters, one full sized pig, one possum, one rabbit, one Scottish highland cow, one cockatoo, one bobcat, and one "African Serval." The animals were placed with numerous shelters and rescue groups.
According to the sheriff's office, deputies did a welfare check at the home and through the windows they saw the home was full of caged dogs, cats and other animals. The floors were covered in several inches of feces and the home had no power for the past two weeks.
While at the house, the 51-year-old resident, returned home. She voluntarily went to the sheriff's office for an interview. She told investigators that until sometime in 2014 she was a licensed veterinarian, but lost her license because of complaints. However, the woman said she was still doing surgeries in her home, but did not tell her clients she lost her license, according to the sheriff's department.
A friend of the woman, Louis Ottolini, says she is a true animal lover and would never abuse any animal.
Due to the bio-hazards inside the house, the Williamson County Fire Protection District was contacted. The firemen had to enter the house wearing bio-hazard suits and full respirators.
The firemen found the entire house to be full of feces, and located several deep freezers of dead animals, along with numerous bags containing dead animals.
Kirkpatrick will be sentenced at a later date.