- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A woman who ran a now-condemned animal rescue operation in western Michigan that was overrun with more than 1,000 rats is facing a felony animal neglect charge.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1NObAVU ) 53-year-old Christine Lea Bishop of Muskegon County’s Fruitport Township was arraigned Monday.

Her lawyer Susan Knoll says in an email Wednesday she’s not commenting and is concerned about Bishop getting a fair trial.

Bishop ran Critter Cafe Rescue and has said the rat population started with a cage of pet rats left outside the rented building in winter. Rabbits, ducks and cats also were cared for there. The operation was effectively shut down by authorities in mid-May.

Bishop faces up to 8 years behind bars if convicted, but prosecutors are seeking a mental-health evaluation and long probation term.


Information from: The Muskegon Chronicle, https://www.mlive.com/muskegon

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