Clarkdale residents Christopher and Kandi Segretti, originally charged with 12 counts of cruelty to animals, entered a change of plea Monday in Yavapai County Superior Court.
Their agreement allowed them each to plead guilty to three counts each.
In late July Clarkdale police responded to a home on First North Street and discovered about 40 animals inside.
According to a police report, officers allegedly detected the odor of rotting flesh and upon investigating, discovered the bodies of two dead dogs.
The report also states that officers also observed a significant amount of flies gathering at a window. Officers reportedly entered the house and found two ferrets, two snakes, four lizards and two dogs still alive.
The class-three felonies to which the couple agreed each carry a sentence ranging from one-third to two years in prison. Probation is also available.
Judge Howard Hinson asked the couple what happened.
Christopher Segretti explained that many of the animals were getting sick. Kandi Segretti expressed remorse.
"I feel very bad and wish we could turn it around," she said.
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.
Hinson scheduled a sentencing hearing for Oct. 26 at 3 p.m.