A few weeks ago, I wrote a story about Amber Mittelstrasser, a 23-year-old Portland, Tennessee native who allegedly shackled, and tethered her dog to a tree. Mittelstrasser was eventually arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty.
With more and more evidence mounting against her, Mittelstrasser was offered a deal by the prosecutor handling the case and decided to plead guilty to two counts of felony animal cruelty. Sumner County Court Judge Mike Carter showed no mercy at sentencing, calling Mittelstrasser’s actions, “pernicious.”
Judge Carter also went on to say that symbolism was important in the sentence he was about to hand down to detract dog abusers to think twice before committing crimes against the “defenseless.”
Mittlestrasser sat stoic as Judge Carter sentenced her to 11 months in prison, plus 3 years of probation. After scolding her, he then handed down a lifetime ban on pet ownership saying,
“Ms. Mittlestrasser shall not own, possess, or otherwise exercise control over any dog for the remainder of her lifetime.”
The dog, who was named Chevy, was severely heartworm infected and was said to be too aggressive to rehabilitate due to his neglect and abuse. Chevy was brought to a medical facility where doctors tried to stabilize his heartworm infection. Unfortunately, he never recovered and was euthanized shortly after being admitted.
[Source Story: Fido4ever ]