“What we found out there is beyond criminal,” said animal control officer Leslie Dupre. “How any person could allow something like this to happen is beyond me. It’s hard not to take cases like this personally.”
When a neighbor saw a dog trotting down a path with another dog’s head in its mouth, she contacted Johnson County authorities.
Eleven dead and dying animals were subsequently found on a property owned by Julie Bernet, a supposed breeder of expensive German shepherds imported from Europe.
Ms. Bernet was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty.
But that was back in 2015… In March of 2017, a Johnson County judge found her guilty of 11 counts of animal cruelty and she was sentenced to probation.
But on Tuesday, that same judge revoked her probation and ordered Bernet, 49, to serve a year in jail.
Here’s more from the Kansas City Star:
Johnson County prosecutors had moved to revoke probation after Bernet was subsequently charged in another animal abuse case less than two months after her Johnson County conviction.
“The conditions these animals were kept in was disturbing and horrific,” Assistant District Attorney Jason Covington said after Tuesday’s probation revocation hearing.
Covington said that Bernet’s breeding business ultimately failed, the electricity to her property was turned off, and the animals were essentially left unattended.
Neighbors raised concerns about dogs on the property, but it wasn’t until the dog carrying the head was spotted and law enforcement intervened that people learned that conditions were “worse than anyone could have imagined,” according to Covington.
Law enforcement officers found starving dogs without proper shelter, food or access to water in below-freezing conditions.
He said authorities found three dead dogs on the property in the 21300 block of Nall Avenue in southern Johnson County. At least one of the dogs had been partially eaten by other dogs on the property.
Last May, less than two months after her conviction, authorities in Morgan County, Mo., arrested her on 10 alleged counts of animal abuse.
In January, Bernet was arrested at a St. Louis casino but didn’t tell authorities that there was a dog in her vehicle in the parking lot.
It was about seven hours later that the dog was found shivering in the subfreezing weather, Covington said.
She was arrested then on the Johnson County probation violation warrant but has not been charged with anything related to the dog, according to Picerno.
Picerno said that Tuesday’s probation revocation order was based on technical violations such as not paying fees and reporting to her probation officer, not any new animal abuse charges.
If a person harms an animal,
do you think they’re more likely to harm a person?