An assistant professor at Michigan State University's veterinary school will face trial on a charge of animal neglect after authorities say they found 17 dogs and two cats in poor condition at her home.
Fifty-five-year-old Patricia Schenck was charged with a felony last month in Clinton County District Court.
She appeared in court Thursday in St. Johns and waived her right to a preliminary examination of the evidence. That clears the way for her trial, which wasn't immediately scheduled.
The university says it suspended Schenck with pay pending the case's outcome.
Officials say the animals were found Dec. 12 at the home north of Lansing in Olive Township, where Schenck lives with her parents.