Couple sentenced in animal-cruelty case

A Clarkdale couple was sentenced to probation and community service after police discovered scores of animals, both living and dead inside a house in Clarkdale last July.

Christopher Joseph Segretti, 20, and Kandi Amber Segretti, 20, both of Clarkdale, were sentenced to two years supervised probation each and were ordered to serve 400 hours each of community service at a humane society location.

The Segrettis appeared before Judge Howard D. Hinson at Yavapai Superior Court in Division 4 on Oct. 26, and pled guilty to three counts of cruelty to animals apiece, each charge is a class six felony.

Both the Segrettis had faced 12 counts apiece of cruelty to animals but after a plea agreement, the remaining nine charges were dismissed for each defendant.

The incident began on July 29, when Clarkdale police responded to a complaint of foul odors emanating from a residence located at 409 First North St. in Clarkdale.

According to a police report, officers responded at 3:15 p.m. and detected the odor of rotting flesh and reportedly observed a significant amount of flies congregating near the structure's windows.

Police investigated and discovered some 40 animals inside the house along with the bodies of at least two dead dogs.

According to a police report, Clarkdale police had obtained a search warrant to tend to the animals but did not disclose the amount of animals that had been found dead inside the house.

Police report that an attempt to contact the residents was unsuccessful and upon entering the house, discovered two ferrets, two snakes, four lizards and two dogs that were still alive.

The report states further that at 11:30 p.m. on July 29, Christopher Segretti entered the Clarkdale police station, saying that he believed officers were looking for him.

The police report states that Segretti was then taken into custody and transported to Yavapai County Detention Facility in Camp Verde and was initially charged with multiple counts of felony animal cruelty.

Kandi Segretti was also arrested and both suspects were originally charged with 12 counts each of cruelty to animals.

The couple recently entered a change of plea in Yavapai County Superior Court and their agreement allowed them

each to plead guilty to three counts, thereby dismissing the other nine charges against each defendant.

The felony charges both Segrettis face each carry a potential sentence of up to two years in prison or probation, but the Segrettis are charged with probation and community service.

During testimony, Christopher Segretti explained that many of the animals were getting sick.

Christopher Segretti's lawyer Elizabeth Flynn explained that the couple was not living at the home at the time police were investigating.

She said they returned every two or three days to feed and water the animals, but that was not enough.

Kandi Segretti expressed remorse, and said, "I feel very bad and wish we could turn it around."

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