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Woodbine couple sentenced in animal cruelty case after police say they ran a puppy mill out of their basement

A Woodbine couple, who was found guilty on a total of 16 counts of animal cruelty in January, was sentenced in Howard County District Court on Wednesday, the Office of the State’s Attorney for Howard County announced Thursday.

Glenn Andrew Hopple, 58, received a 90-day suspended sentence in his case, while his wife, Candace Berry, 66, was sentenced to three consecutive 90-day suspensions for each of her cases.

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The couple was charged in October 2019 with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly running a puppy mill out of their basement, Howard police said. Berry and Hopple were found guilty on 11 and five counts, respectively, for failing to provide space, shelter, sufficient food, veterinary care to the animals, and “causing unnecessary pain and suffering,” prosecutors said in January.

Berry and Hopple were originally scheduled to be sentenced April 24. The stipulations placed on the couple as part of their pre-sentencing probation will continue. They are required to reduce the number of farm animals and dogs on their property and submit to monthly checks from Howard County Animal Control, as well as other specifications for their domestic and farm animals.

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Last summer, Howard County Animal Control received phone calls and an anonymous letter about the couple’s property on the 16400 block of Frederick Road, according to the state’s attorney’s office. Animal control officers then visited the residence multiple times before obtaining a search and seizure warrant in September.

Animal control officers on Sept. 23 found a black adult Labrador retriever with eight puppies inside a small room without water. The room, according to prosecutors, was “hot and dirty with urine and feces built up.” On Sept. 21, more than 30 dogs from the residence were turned over to animal control, including a female Boston terrier with three puppies that were only days old, prosecutors said.

Both dogs were later found to have medical issues, ranging from infected ears and an ulcerated mass for the Labrador retriever and dental and skin problems for the Boston terrier.

Two months earlier, animal control officers received calls and visited the Woodbine residence regarding “skinny horses” on the property. The officers required the couple to bring four of their miniature horses to the veterinarian, trim the overgrown hooves on one horse and increase the weight of the horses. A week later, an officer and a veterinarian went back and impounded seven miniature horses and a donkey due to their “poor condition,” prosecutors said.

Between August and September, more than 50 animals — ranging from turtles to horses to a parrot and a donkey — were removed from the residence, according to police.

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