Woman gets no jail time in dog starvations
A distressing animal cruelty case came to an unsatisfying conclusion yesterday here in my temporary hometown.
Upon being convicted of starving two dogs to death, Lysandra Nicole Chambers, 33, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was sentenced to 45 days in jail — but the sentence was suspended.
The Winston-Salem Journal reported that means she’ll serve no jail time as long as she doesn’t break the law for the next 18 months.
The ruling was issued by Forsyth District Judge Roland Hayes.
Chambers was charged on June 21 last year with two counts of cruelty to animals.
According to Forsyth County animal control officer Gary Lancaster, who testified Thursday, he found one malnourished dog chained to Chambers’ back porch and another dead inside a crate.
Lancaster said Chambers told him her children were supposed to be taking care of the dogs.
Jennifer Tierney, a founding member of Fur-Ever Friends of N.C., said the surviving dog had to be euthanized.
Tierney called the punishment a slap on the wrist: “… She should have been told that she could never own animals again for the rest of her life. This is a situation that repeats itself all over the county and all over the state, and unless lawmakers get serious about animal cruelty, it’s not going to change.”
Posted by jwoestendiek June 10th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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