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Published on: 07/14/2017

Man Pleads Guilty To Animal Cruelty In Yale

Patti Weaver


(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 70-year-old man accused of failing to provide necessary medical attention, shots, food and water for the care of six dogs and five cats kept inside a residence in the 600 block of Rockinghorse Lane in Yale on July 25, 2016, has pleaded guilty to cruelty to animals.

The former Yale resident, Neils Christensen, now lives in Stillwater, according to court documents filed on July 5.

When Christensen admitted the felony charge last week, he did not have an agreement with the prosecution regarding his sentence.

Christensen’s written guilty plea said, “On or about July 25, 2016, in Payne County, Ok., I failed to provide adequate nutrition to my dogs and cats in Yale, Oklahoma.”

His attorney asked Payne County Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler to order a pre-sentencing investigation to be conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Christensen remains free on a personal recognizance bond pending his sentencing on Oct. 18 when he could be given as much as a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine, according to the charge filed by Payne County Assistant District Attorney Tom Lee.