A woman responsible for the deaths of numerous animals last year pleaded guilty in Long County Superior Court Tuesday morning.
Christiane Judd appeared before Superior Court Judge Paul Rose and pled guilty to six counts of cruelty to animals, according to a press release from the Long County Sheriff’s Department.
The case caused an uproar and started when numerous citizen complaints reported Judd was running an animal rescue, but not properly caring for the dogs and other animals in her care.
Videos and photos collected from the crime scene showed the remains of hundreds of animals allegedly left to die at Loonie Farms Animal Rescue.
The case gained national attention when Judd fled the area and made her way to the Canadian border before being detained in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 28, 2011.
She was extradited back to Long County and was held in jail.
According to the release, Judd was sentenced to five years in jail, required to serve one, and was given credit for the time she has already spent in jail, 12 months, 29 days. The remainder will be served on probation. She was also fined $5,000 and ordered to repay Long County restitution for the extradition expenses.
Judd is likely to remain behind bars while Immigration and Customs Enforcement reviews her files. Because Judd is not a U.S. citizen, she is subject to deportation.
Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles acknowledged the assistance and cooperative efforts of many domestic and international agencies that contributed to the arrest and conviction.