In Portland, Maine, the woman who callously abandoned her dog outside of a closed animal shelter in the freezing cold in January pleaded guilty to animal cruelty on Monday, reports the Portland Press Herald.
Sarah Vye received a 90-day suspended jail sentence with one year of probation. In addition she is not allowed to own a pet in the future and will be subjected to random checks. She must also pay a $500 fine.
Video surveillance cameras showed Vye pulling the dog out of her van in the parking lot of the Androscoggin Humane Society and then leaving the yellow Labrador retriever alone. Authorities struggled to find the dog; three days later he was found, but had been hit and killed by a car. The video garnered more than a million views on social media.
According to the Androscoggin County District Attorney’s Office, Vye originally pleaded not guilty, but changed her plea to guilty of one count of animal cruelty on Monday. The woman told authorities the dog named Abby had belonged to her ex-boyfriend’s ex-wife, and the dog had been aggressive to her young children.
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(Photos via screenshot Portland Press)