ST. JOHNS — This morning, Denise Caroline Blackwood, 45, was sentenced to 60 days in the Apache County Jail as part of her plea agreement in two cases for multiple felony charges of animal cruelty and neglect.
She is also on probation for three years and must report to the Apache County Jail by October 1. She was sentenced to 30 days in jail for each case and they must be served consecutively which adds up to the 60 days.
The cases arose in October 2019 from the condition of two properties occupied and abandoned by Blackwood in the Concho area where Sheriff’s deputies found horrific scenes of dead and neglected dogs, goats, horses and fowl.
See your Friday Independent for more details about the sentencing and the public outrage that has followed the cases since late 2019.