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Lisbon woman accused of keeping wild animals

7/1/09<br />DEC officers seize birds of prey, raccoons from Murphy Road residence...
A St. Lawrence County woman is accused of illegally keeping wild animals at her home.

Susan Sattler, 44, Murphy Road, is charged by DEC officers with 11 counts of unlawful possession of wildlife.

Sattler once had a wildlife rehabilitator license but it was revoked last year when she allegedly allowed children to have contact with a raccoon that she wasn't authorized to rehabilitate.

On June 1st, DEC officers and a special agent with U.S. Fish and Wildlife seized four birds of prey from Sattler's residence followed by two raccoons on June 2nd.

Officers returned to her home on June 29th with a search warrant, allegedly finding four other birds of prey and another raccoon.

The animals were in the home's living room, not only improper for the animals, but potentially exposing humans to disease, DEC officials said.

The birds of prey include a Coopers Hawk, a Barn Owl, a Red-Tailed Hawk,  and a Great Horned Owl.

Each alleged violation carries a fine of up to $250 and/or 15 days in jail.

Sattler was also charged with reckless endangerment for exposing the children to the raccoon, a potential rabies vector.

All of the animals seized tested negative for rabies.
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