A Portland woman has been banned from ever owning or caring for dogs again after she mistreated her pets; one of which had to be euthanized, reports The Tennessean.
On September 16, Amber Mittelstrasser, 23, pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty. At the Sumner County General Court, Judge Mike Carter sentenced her to 11 months and 29 days of probation, ordered her to pay $449 in veterinary costs and to spend 15 days in jail beginning on Friday, September 23rd. The judge’s ruling read:
(Mittelstrasser) “shall not own, possess, or otherwise exercise control over any dog for the remainder of her lifetime.”
On August 19, the Sumner County Sheriff’s Officer Animal Control discovered two dogs in Mittelstrasser’s care in extremely poor condition. Darcie, a five-year-old Beagle had been bleeding from an embedded collar in her neck; Mittelstrasser telling authorities she “just fogot about it.” In addition, a gray and white pit bull with a heavy log chain attached to his neck was found emaciated and the deputy spotted the dog’s ribs and hip bones from the driveway – 35 feet away.
“Chevy was adopted but brought back because he was aggressive and extremely heartworm-positive,” stated Animal Control Sgt. Sean Ryan. “The disease was very, very advanced and Chevy was euthanized. Darcie can be healed, and she will be fine. She was sent out to a local rescue.”
During probation, Mittelstrasser will be required to submit to drug testing.
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