Jesstine and her daughter Colleen Welke of Toledo have been sentenced after being convicted of animal neglect in connection with the animals they housed at their facility near Toledo. One drowned while authorities prepared to save it. Others were found to be malnourished and were confiscated by authorities.
The discovery prompted a community-wide fundraiser by The Feed Corral in Newport to aid in the rehabilitation of the neglected animals.
Colleen Welke was sentenced to four year probation to include 120 hours of community service at the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, shallnot own or possess any domestic animal for five years, cannot own or possess or care for any animal or livestock regardless of whether she’s being paid to do so, and that she will allow law enforcement onto her property to inspect for any violations of her probation. Colleen Welke was also ordered to pay a combined fine of $892, but was told the amount could go higher without notice.
Colleen’s mother, Jesstine Welke, was sentenced to pay a fine of $191, barred from owning any new animals at her property (although she can keep the ones already there…the ones not confiscated), perform 20 hours of community service and pay restitution. If she successfully completes her probation, she could have the Animal Abuse II conviction purged from her record.