In Spencerville, Ohio, the owner of a female black Labrador retriever was sentenced to jail on Monday after pleading no contest to a charge of animal cruelty. Cassandra Smith will serve 25 days in jail, be placed on probation for two years and ordered to complete 40 hours of community service.
According to the Ohio SPCA, on July 3, 2020, Allen County Chief Humane Agent Nick Marando removed a female black Labrador from a home and immediately transported her to Kessen Veterinary Clinic in Delphos. The dog weighed only 33 pounds when she should have weighed over 60. She was so dehydrated that the veterinarian could not draw blood from her veins. Daisy Mae was literally a skeleton with all of her muscle and fat stores depleted. Given the name of Daisy Mae by shelter staff, she was given around-the-clock care which included fluids and small meals. Daisy Mae was perking up and starting to gain weight, but in the early morning hours of July 12, Daisy Mae lost her nine-day battle and had to be euthanized.
Smith had the dog, previously named Sydney, for two years and in March stated the dog had been losing weight. She stated she didn’t have the money to take her dog to the vet for treatment. Veterinarians stated Daisy had likely not been fed for three months and at least for a week deprived of water. The dog likely stopped eating because she was not feeling well, however Smith never cared enough to take the dog someplace for a diagnosis and treatment.
Smith told the court she will never have another pet. Sadly, it was too late for Daisy Mae.
The Ohio SPCA continues to need your support. Animals are removed or surrendered daily. The Ohio SPCA is not affiliated with any local or national SPCA and we receive no government funding. Visit OhioSPCA.org.
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