by Aaron Gibson, January 29, 2016
A judge ordered a dog and cat to be housed at the Brown County Animal Shelter on Thursday, Jan. 28 as a result of an animal neglect case being brought to an end.
On Thursday, Brittaney French was found guilty in Brown County Municipal Court on one count of second-degree misdemeanor abandoning animals. She received a 90-day suspended jail sentence, one year probation, and she must pay a $150.00 fine.
Additionally, French was ordered to pay restitution to the Brown County Humane Society, who had cared for the animals after the case began in August 2015.
According to court records, on Aug. 19, 2015, Deputy Dog Warden Barbara Kaiser was called to a home in Ripley to investigate a report suggesting a tenant may have moved from the residence and left behind a dog without food or water.
French was in the process of being evicted from the property due to missing rent payments, according to a statement given to Kaiser by the landlord.
An English mastiff and a cat described as a crossbreed were removed from the property to be seen by a veterinarian, who rated both very low on a body condition score chart, court records show.
The animals belonging to French were allegedly found with injuries and severely emaciated from lack of food and water.
The mastiff’s elbows were allegedly bleeding and she had an injury to her left paw. The cat allegedly had a laceration on her left forearm that had maggots inside of the wound.
According to a Brown County Veterinary Service invoice, the animals were severely infested with fleas and the only food in the house was moldy.
The animals are now being housed in the care of the Brown County Animal Shelter.
Second-degree misdemeanor abandoning animals is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.
—Brown County Crime Reporter, January 29, 2016 01:42 AM EST
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