Circuit Judge Phyllis Rosier ordered Twyla George, 33, to serve a year and a day in prison followed by four years’ probation as well as to pay $800 in fines. George was responsible for the care of four dogs, three pit-mixes and a Chihuahua. When the dogs were found three of them weighed less then 50% of what they should have, one was restrained by a chain that weighed more then the dog and one had to be euthanized due to the gravity of it’s health conditions.

According to Animal Services records that were taken from the scene, the first dog was a malnourished, tri-colored Chihuahua mix that was chained to a car on a three-foot leash with no food and no water.

A second dog was a tan and white pitbull mix that was chained to a doghouse with no food, stagnant water and with open wounds on his body.

The third dog had to be humanely euthanized by Animal Services because he was so starved, Santerfeit said. He was a brown and white pitbull mix that was chained to a pole in the ground with no food and no water.

The fourth dog was a 25-pound, dark brown and black pitbull mix that was suffering from life-threatening malnourishment and was chained with a 29-pound chain to a fence. Codes specify that a chain should not weigh more than one-eighth the body weight of an animal, Santerfeit said.

This dog had no food and about one tablespoon of water that was mixed with dirt and algae in a metal container. (High Springs Herald)

Her claims that the dogs weren’t hers brought no sympathy especially since the two dogs that she claimed ownership of we taken care of. The dogs could have been taken to Animal Services but George said she could not afford to have them picked up not could she take them herself so she left them to starve in her yard.

“People are generally insensitive to the suffering of animals,” Assistant State Attorney Geoffrey Fleck said. “I’m hoping by this case to raise some attention to it.”

Animal cruelty cases can be difficult to prosecute because prosecutors must rely on the condition of the animals and expert testimony to prove their case, said Spencer Mann with the State Attorney’s Office.

“You don’t have victims that can testify,” he said. (Gainsville Sun)

Well it’s refreshing to see someone who is in a position to do something to finally find a voice and speak for those who can’t! Now if only more would follow this example that is so well set! Kudos to Judge Phyllis Rosier and Assistant State Attorney Geoffrey Fleck.

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