“We have never seen a dog so starved and dehydrated before. He literally could not stand, or walk,” veterinarian Angela Dubois said. “We did everything we could, but by the time he was surrendered to us, his organs were already failing. We made him comfortable in his final moments at least.”
An Edgewater woman was sentenced to 120 days in the county jail on Wednesday after police said she starved her pit bull to death.
Sarah Wells, who has a rap sheet a mile long for prostitution, theft, and drug possession, had been charged with one count of felony animal cruelty for which she faced up to five years in prison.
She plead no contest to a less serious charge of first-degree animal cruelty, a misdemeanor.
Here’s the scoop from the Daytona Beach News-Journal:
County Judge Bryan Feigenbaum adjudicated Wells guilty and sentenced her to 120 days in the county jail followed by 12 months of probation based on the plea agreement. Wells is also barred from owning any animals while on probation.
The case started when police were called Dec. 20 to the Edgewater Animal Shelter, 605 Mango Tree Drive, where they were told that a woman had surrendered a sickly dog the previous day, according to an arrest report.
The woman, later identified as Wells, said the dog had walked onto her property, a report stated. But animal shelter staffers were skeptical because the dog was so malnourished, it wasn’t able to stand, police said.
Wells subsequently admitted to lying to animal shelter workers, police said. She said the dog named Wiggins had belonged to her and to a man who had lived at the house.
Shelter workers took the dog to Newman Veterinary Center where staff worked to try to save its life. Animal shelter employees renamed the dog Adonis and mounted a social media campaign to help pay for the dog’s care. Unfortunately, their efforts to save the dog were unsuccessful.
It’s a shame that the prosecutor in this case accepted a plea for a lesser charge. By sending her to prison, she may have actually learned something. It’s tragic to say, but some people can only make the connection between their actions and consequences by being incarcerated.
At any rate, she wouldn’t be able to hurt anymore of God’s creatures for the duration of her stay…
What do you think? Did she get off too easy?