Probation in frozen dog case

Woman charged in frozen dog case gets probation and avoids criminal record

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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.”

 (Booking photo via Hartford PD)

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24 replies
  1. pamela bolton says:

    I’m sure the dog appreciates your compassion for him. How would you like to freeze to death? If she FEARED DOGS, then what in the heck was she doing with one?? It was knowing and intentional. She’s not that ignorant that she didn’t know the dog was there. SHAME ON YOU JUDGE.

    • pennysdachshunds says:

      Omar Williams and This Less than A LADY more than likely have much more in common than Any of Us will ever be privileged TOO!!!! That is why she virtually WALKED OUT FREE of ANY GUILT or ACCOUNTABILITY!!!

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    JUDGE???? I question that so I will Just say Omar Williams SHAME ! Shame ! on YOU!!!! One look at this ethnic being tells the whole story… years of possible chemical abuse … and other shady behavior… HOW IN HELL can even an imbecile NOT KNOW that there was a LIVING BREATHING SUFFERING ANIMAL OUT IN THE FREEZING COLD!!! LADY YOU are ONE SICK and EVIL BLIGHT ON SOCIETY… REMEMBER THIS citizens WHEN IT IS TIME TO VOTE for your JUDICAL REPRESENTIVE!!!

  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    Well here we have it again, of course she was let off with probation and no criminal record because here we have a Judge that doesn’t CARE! He believed her lies. If she was afraid of the dog then why didn’t she get someone else to take care of it, or take it to a shelter. She knew the dog was there and just let it freeze to death. I hope she rots in Hell!

  4. Marsha Squibb says:

    Why do you let this ugly black bitch off?????? Afraid she’ll pull the black card,????? You failed this dog miserably and she should PAY!!!!

  5. Marni Montanez says:

    He knew she was lying and he still let her off easy. That dog wasn’t let off easy. If I had her address or facebook I would share with her exactly the terror and pain she caused that dog by ignoring him.

  6. maxiemom says:

    The judge’s ‘sentence’ is absolutely inexcusable. There’s no logic in it whatsoever! If the SCUM in that house knew there was a dog there, then EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE was responsible for feeding him!!!!!!

    If someone left the water on in the home but no one turned it off, does that mean that no one ELSE can turn it off but the person who left it on?

    GET REAL, JUDGE! You are a moron and a disgrace! You need to be removed from the bench, and that b***h belongs behind bars.

    If I had my way, ‘judge’, you’d be left out in the cold, chained with insufficient shelter with no food or water just as this HELPLESS DOG was, and enjoy her fate. IF someone decides to feed you, fine. If not, it wouldn’t be their fault because YOU aren’t their responsibility. You could only be saved by the person who put you there, IF that person CHOSE to save you. THAT person happens to hate animal abusers and people who coddle them.

  7. Melissa Gurley says:

    Don’t it figure let off again what is wrong with these judges no compassion for the animals at all nothing will ever change so sad

  8. JEANETTE says:

    do you think that maybe she is black, she got off so easy. she could have called someone, relative or friend to come get the dog.

  9. Adrienne says:

    Find it hard to believe she had no idea there was a dog outside and who was taking care of it. In a doghouse in the back and she heard no barking? What about the neighbors hearing the dog barking, that never happened either? Thanks judge for letting this bitch have no criminal record. She allowed that dog to die in such a horrific way, starving to death and freezing. She could have called animal control and told then to take the dog because it wasn’t hers and she was not responsible for it.

    Judge made wrong decision on this case. She has no feelings and her face says it all. What a low life.

  10. Red says:

    I can not believe this BIMBO got off!! Being afraid of the dog is no excuse, she could have called someone to assist her in moving the dog, feeding the dog….ANYTHING besides letting it starve and freeze to death. That poor baby had to be screaming for help…. this makes me sick to my stomach!

  11. Theresa says:

    Fucking ugly cunt 50 you look like you’re 90 you fucking drug attic whore I only hope you die and you suffer

  12. Pamela Garlisch says:

    People remember when this judge comes up for re-election, vote him out! Shame on this judge, he is what the problem with our judicial system is, just a slap on the wrist!

  13. BA says:

    this a disgrace! shame on the judge and the system!!!! afraid my butt!!! she decided not to feed this dog and did nothing at all except to let this angel die a horrible death!!! it was intentional – shes inside warm, eating dinner and the dog was freezing with no food!!! if she was afraid (BS) why didn’t she call a rescue for help? do something for the dog!!! she let this baby die and she will rot in hell!!!! SHAME ON ALL WHO ALLOWED HER TO WALK OFF FREE AFTER KILLING AND TORTURING AN INNOCENT DOG!!!!! HELLS WAITING

  14. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another instance of a spineless judge giving no consideration for the suffering an innocent dog was put through because of some lowlife broad’s lies – this bitch and her piss poor excuses deserved NO empathy, yet a judge did basically nothing to her for her cruelty – so she can go on and abuse and neglect another animal – all the while pretending she is afraid of dogs – and the poor dog got no justice. Maybe, just maybe there is a 18 wheeler waiting for her to drive into its path – I sure hope so.

  15. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    That’s a bunch of BULLSHIT!!!! She should still be thrown in Prison and get a criminal record. She is a criminal and she allowed that poor dog to starve.

  16. Betty says:

    She didn’t give a shit and the judge let her off
    Hoe F**king sad that the pup paid with is life Bastards

  17. Mary Ann Clark says:

    This judge and prosecutor should be ashamed and never let work in the legal field ever again! That poor dog did not deserve to be tortured to death which is the punishment that this monster of a human truly deserves!

  18. Dana Ufkes says:

    Shame, Shame, Shame on both the judge and the reckless murderer. How could she not know that a dog was in the backyard during the coldest time of the year? This poor dog died hungry, freezing and lonely and this cruel bitch gets a slap on the wrist? What would of happened in the case that this pup was a 2 year old child? Being both helpless and depending on a decent human to care for it. Why could’nt she have googled animal control in her area and have the dog picked up? This whole thing stinks like a fish and this woman should be retried for the death of this poor innocent animal. STOP ABUSING AND NEGLECTING ANIMALS AND HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE!!

  19. susispot says:

    Grrrr! I hope the next dog to cross her path bites off a big hunk of her sorry ass. Soon please, karma?


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