Couple accused of animal abuse change plea

New Mexico
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A Tularosa couple entered a last-minute no contest plea for severely neglecting animals.

Sandra and Allen Quick were operating a business called K-9 and Feline Assistance. 

They were arrested in 2015 after animal control officers found 22 dogs and several cats living in deplorable conditions. 

When deputies arrived they found dogs so malnourished they could barely walk, along with several dogs dead in crates.

The couple was supposed to go to trial Wednesday on animal cruelty charges, but changed their plea agreements on sentencing with the state.

They are facing up to 34 years in prison and more than $60,000 in fines.

They are also facing up to 18 years for child abuse convictions. 

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