Couple sentenced for child abuse, animal cruelty
October 02, 2018 12:41 PM
OTERO COUNTY, N.M. - An Otero County couple was in a packed courtroom today to hear their fate. Members of the public were urging the court to impose a stiff sentence for Allan and Sandra Quick, found guilty of multiple child abuse and animal cruelty charges.
The Quicks were sentenced to ten years behind bars followed by another five years of supervised probation.
In December 2015, an investigator performing a welfare check found the Quicks living in an RV with their six children, four dogs, and several cats.
A former Otero County Sheriff's deputy said the living conditions were some of the worst he had ever seen over his 20-year career as a law enforcement officer.
The children were filthy and had fallen ill with upper-respiratory infections.
Days later, an Animal Control officer along with animal rescue organizations went to the property to take possession of the animals that had been neglected.
Upon their arrival, they located 22 dogs that were severely emaciated and several cats in need of veterinary care. As workers were collecting the animals they found a dead dog on the property.
After obtaining a search warrant, officials located eight other dead dogs that had been hidden on the property. Otero County officials say the dogs had been locked in crates without food or water and there was evidence that some had been poisoned and at least one dog shot.
Authorities say the Quicks had been operating a business in which they would get animals from nearby shelters and try to adopt them out for money.
The Quicks have been ordered to report to the Otero County Detention Center one week from today to begin serving their sentences.
Updated: October 02, 2018 12:41 PM
Created: October 02, 2018 12:36 PM
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