Ana Ramos and Jose Rubio won't be able to keep any animals in their trailer home in Palo Alto for three years, according to a plea-bargain agreement reached this week.
The couple was arrested and charged with keeping than 40 dogs and cats in their trailer, was dropped in a plea bargain reached on Tuesday.
The terms of the plea bargain forbid the couple from adopting animals during a three-year probation period, according to Assistant City Attorney Don Larkin.
"Ramos and Rubio plead no contest to animal cruelty, and in exchange were given credit for time served as well as three years of probation during which time they cannot adopt, own, or have any contact with animals," Larkin said.
Police officers first learned of the hoarding on May 28, when they arrived at the Buena Vista mobile home park on El Camino Real in response to a minor property-damage report.
They noticed more than three dogs, a violation of the city's Municipal Code, housed in unhygienic conditions. In response, they sent for animal-control officers who discovered 25 dogs and 17 cats in varying health conditions.
Ramos and Rubio were charged with four code violations as well as three misdemeanor counts. Had they been convicted, they would be subject to a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a fine of $1,000 dollars per violation.
"We're happy that we were able to reach a plea bargain, and are hopeful that Miss Ramos and Mr. Rubio will learn from the events and take better care of animals in the future, should they choose to have them," Larkin said.