A woman in Hartford, Connecticut, has received probation, and avoided a criminal record, in an animal cruelty case involving a dog who froze to death inside of a dog house in January. According to the Hartford Courant, 50-year-old Michelle Bennett faced a charge of animal cruelty for the death of the three-year-old pit bull, but the judge was compelled to give her a pass because of her lawyer’s argument that she feared dogs.
The dog who died belonged to one of Bennett’s relatives who lived in the same house – the dog’s owner was sent to prison and nobody apparently stepped up to care for the dog who was left behind. Bennett claims that she didn’t know that the dog was left chained outside in the backyard – but the judge did not believe her.
Judge Omar A. Williams decided to give Bennett two years of probation, with no criminal record, because it was unclear who was supposed to be responsible for the dog. After sentencing, Hartford attorney Thompson G. Page expressed disappointment, saying, “This was death by freezing and starvation. It was knowing and intentional.”
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