- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - The former operator of a holiday-themed park that has been the subject of an animal cruelty investigation has been ordered to pay nearly $33,000 for care given to fallow deer that the park was ordered to forfeit.

The Rutland Herald reports (https://bit.ly/29lIwey ) the court ordered Lillian Billewicz on Friday to pay the judgment in $100-a-month increments to the Vermont Veteran’s home where the deer from Santa’s Land have been living for nearly two years. Billewicz also must pay $4,800 to a woman who cared for six goats that were confiscated.

Billewicz and the park’s caretaker have pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges after some animals were found dead on the park’s grounds in Putney, Vermont.

Billewicz could not be reached for comment. No phone listing exists in her name.

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