An Ohio woman, who snapped a young puppy’s neck in the midst of an argument, has been sentenced to time in prison. According to Monday’s Cleveland.com, 20-year-old Deanna Caraballo pleaded guilty to a felony charge of cruelty to a companion animal, and she has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.
The judge imposed the maximum sentence under Goddard’s Law for Caraballo’s cruel act which claimed the life of her boyfriend’s eight-week-old puppy last October. According to Fox 8 News, Caraballo is being given credit for the 123 days that she already served.
The puppy, named “Smokey,” was slammed to the ground by Caraballo in the midst of an argument with her boyfriend; the puppy’s neck was broken. Defense attorney, David Kraus, had asked the judge for a probation sentence for Caraballo rather than time in prison. Kraus stated, “This woman reacted and unfortunately the animal got in the way.” He added, “I don’t think this was the deplorable…act that the legislature was thinking about when they passed this law.
After Caraballo has served her time in prison, she will be under community control for up to three years.
(Screenshot via Fox 8 News)
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