Couple faces new animal, child charges

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By AMY LINDBLOM

A Chinese Camp couple booked on drug charges after a Nov. 8 raid on their two homes now face added charges of animal cruelty and child endangerment.

Kirk and Helen Carol Lund could face 12 years in prison if convicted of the nine counts they are now accused of.

They will be arraigned April 10 on felony charges of possessing methamphetamine for sale, selling a controlled substance while armed, maintaining a dwelling for selling methamphetamine, one charge of animal cruelty and four counts of child endangerment one for each of the couple's children.

An additional misdemeanor charge of improperly caring for their 16 Queensland heeler dogs was also filed.

Some of the dogs found in filthy conditions in and around the houses, have been adopted.

Some have been destroyed.

The Lunds' two daughters, 4 and 8, were taken by Child Protective Service workers when Tuolumne County narcotics investigators raided the houses.

The daughters are living with Kirk Lund's parents. while their sons, 13 and 14, continue to live with the Lunds, Helen Lund said.

Kirk Lund, 40, and Helen Lund, 41, each posted $50,000 bail and were released from the county jail the day they were arrested.

They have not entered pleas on any of the charges. Yesterday, they were in court when a judge allowed Sonora attorney Patrick Greenwell to end his representation of the couple.

Greenwell said the Lunds have retained another lawyer, Shari Greenberger of San Francisco.

Because Greenberger did not attend yesterday's court hearing, Tuolumne County Superior Court Judge Douglas Boyack ordered the Lunds to return to court April 10 with Greenberger to enter their pleas.

The Lunds were arrested after TNT officers found 40 small plastic bags of methamphetamine hidden in a vehicle parked in a shed on the Chinese Camp property they rented from Helen Lund's parents, who live in Denair.

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