By LISA HOFFMANN
IRON MOUNTAIN - Sentencing for two women charged with misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty has been rescheduled.
Joan Khoury, 60, and Kathy Khoury, 56, both of Kingsford, were scheduled for sentencing on Thursday.
But that date was changed after pictures of the them dressed up as a judge and prisoner for Halloween were sent to Dickinson County District Judge Christopher Ninomiya.
Also in the photo is an individual dressed as a horse.
The prosecutor handling the case described the photo as inappropriate.
Both defendants are charged with four counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals after law enforcement removed 30 horses, 14 dogs and 15 cats from two separate residences in June.
The horses were tested and relocated to Pipers Rescue Ranch, a no-kill animal rescue in Wallace. Homes were found for the dogs and cats through the Almost Home Animal Shelter in Quinnesec.
Sentencing is now set for Monday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.
Each count carries up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000 and up to 300 hours of community service.
The court may also order a psychiatric evaluation and costs of care, housing or veterinary care for the animals, and may order that the individual not own or possess an animal.
Lisa M. Hoffmann's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.