No jail time for woman who left dog to die after dumping him at closed shelter

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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.Portland woman dumped dog

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.Portland woman dumped dog wabi

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.

As you many of you know, our staff and volunteers have been actively searching for this dog that was abandoned outside of our facility on Monday evening. Unfortunately during our morning search the dog was found hit by a car near the off ramp of the bridge. A sad morning here at GAHS with the passing of this dog, but we are determined to figure out who dropped this dog off at our facility. If you have any leads, please contact Animal Control through the police department. Thank you to our staff, volunteers and members of the public who helped us try to bring this dog back to safety. You are all greatly appreciated.

Posted by Greater Androscoggin Humane Society on Thursday, January 28, 2016

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(Photos via screenshot Portland Press)




20 replies
  1. resqdogz says:

    BULLSH*T – F*CK that B*TCH AND that incompetent “judge”!
    I would have given that precious companion a loving forever home, in a heart-beat!!!

    • edith says:

      Anyone without an empathy fir animal’s can’t be a good mother either.. social services need to check this callous low life’s home situation out as well !!

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Well there is justice for Abby! This vile POS gets away with a slap on the wrist and the poor dog is dead!. I remember this story well and remember her flimsy excuses!. I don’t care what the dog did, she should and could have walked the dog into the shelter and not just dumped her outside and leave her to die! The only hope is Karma catches up to this POS and she gets what she deserves.

  3. maxiemom says:

    Shame on the judge and D.A. who allowed this vile POS to get off with a suspended sentence when all she got was a PATHETIC 90 DAYS, not nearly enough for a callous act that caused the death of her innocent dog!!!! If idiots like this jerk didn’t sit on the bench and hand out sweetheart deals, scum like this b***h wouldn’t take abandoning their dogs so lightly.

  4. Jill kurth says:

    And all she get is a slap on the hand……unbelievable…………laws need to be much stricter for evil people like her!!!

  5. virginia green says:

    make her pay alot of money to the animal shelter also.she should be charged with adbonment of a 4 legged kid wearing fur also.

  6. Maureen Oleary says:

    I can’t believe that women , just leaving her dog in the middle of no where, the dog
    Doesn’t understand why she is leaving him. Then he gets killed by a car. This women I
    Is guilty of more than leaving the dog abandoned. What about the dog dying because of her
    Ignorance. She has no jail time? This is totally not fair to that poor baby. She should be in jail.

  7. Susan Steele Loughnane says:

    Big deal! Why waste the courts time if they aren’t going to do anything of real consequence to the dingbat? Nice she can’t have pets but we all know she will do what she wants. No one will be wasting their time checking on her. Boo hiss!

  8. Rita Ceresini says:

    Our justice system is so horrible!!! We need tougher laws on animal abuse and neglect. We also need to change the fact that pets are property in the eyes of the law. Pets/animals have rights to shelter, food/water, and to live in a caring environment… Safe from harm. Owning a pet should be a privilege, not a right!!! I don’t understand why groups like the humane society and PETA don’t do more for domestic animals. They have money…. They must have lawyers!!!! PETA is giving out dog houses instead of fighting the laws that allow someone to tie up their pet and keep them outside. If PETA wanted to push that agenda they certainly could. Grrrrr!!!

  9. Penny's Dachshund says:

    Problem here is this Heartless, Ruthless, and Sociopathic and took it out on the helpless dog that belonged the EX-girlfriend…. She got by with it too while the Poor and helpless dog died and needless and horrific, painful death. The Judge and the DA are just as guilty!!!

  10. Beverly says:

    Awe all agree the woman needs to be in jail and her fine should be much higher!…… What happened to all the laws that were passed that are supposed to be more strict on abuse?? We are the enforcers to these laws?? Until our judicial system is changed to support the cruelty laws, there will continue to be sad ?stories just like this one.. It is always the animals that are the cause of the problem.. What did the brats, I mean kids do to the dog??

  11. Wendy Green says:

    OMG!!!! How can ANYONE do such a horrible thing??? When my dog went missing for 4 agonizing days I developed health issues due to searching for my dog-ended up in physical therapy from extensive searching for my dog. I found her on a highway late at night-thank God!! And then there are people that do THIS??????? Truly I do not understand-the consequences for her EVIL actions were utterly PATHETIC!

  12. Barbara says:

    This is way beyond reprehensible. That maggot needs to get thrown out of a car that’s still going. There’s no excuse in this world for anyone to mistreat an animal. You can see that wonderful lab appears to be looking after the car. I’m sure she tried to find her way home. It’s heartbreaking

  13. Micele says:

    Here’s an idea put a lien on her van take the van away sell it give the money to the shelter.
    It won’t bring that precious dog back but you got a hit this bitch in the wallet.
    I feel sorry for her kids I wonder if she would do the same thing to them.
    Those kids need to be taken away from her too.
    And while you’re at sterilize her so she can’t spawn anymore


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