Sandra CortezSandra Irene Cortes, 44, of Annandale, VA, founder of Assisi Animal Rescue Organization, along with an associate, was arrested and charged with 28 counts of animal cruelty last year after a two month investigation into her organization. In July dozens of diseased and malnourished dogs were found in their custody. Some of the animals were standing in their own waste without food or water, and three dogs, abused before they died, were found buried in fresh graves.

Cortes was convicted on 27 charges of animal cruelty and at the end of December she was finally sentenced and Judge Peter W. Steketee in Prince William County General District Court was not playing around either.

She was sentenced to three years and three months in jail and ordered that she not have any contact with animals for 10 years. Cortes will also have to pay more than $13,000 in restitution to the county and one of the dog owners.

Cortes’ attorney, Chris Feldmann, has filed an appeal, of course. Guess it’s ok for her to neglect, abuse and kill dogs but God forbid she actually have to be punished. After all, they were “just dogs.”

Read the original story I posted in July for a little more background on the horrendous cruelties – HERE.  Then tell me why she shouldn’t punished to the fullest extent of the law.  I think it’s far beyond time we see the judicial system handing down stiffer penalties against these people who treat innocnet and defenseless animals with such cruelty and wanton disregard.

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