Two people charged in connection with operating puppy mills in northern New Brunswick last January appeared in court Monday morning where they changed their pleas to guilty.

Ray Leblanc of St. Basile and Chantal Dufour of St. Joseph de Madawaska both entered guilty pleas for failing to provide the necessary food, water, shelter and care to an animal.

Authorities seized 47 dogs from Leblanc's property in June, and 40 animals were seized from Dufour's property last October.

Both were fined $1,200 and prohibited from owning more than one dog at a time for the next five years.

They had also been charged with operating a breeding facility without a licence, but the Crown dropped those counts.