Sharon McDonough, the Pet Cemetery Mom of Selden, New York, pled guilty yesterday to the 13-count indictment charging her with animal abuse and child endangerment. She pled guilty to all the charges to save her children from having to testify at her trial.
She wasn’t motherly when she killed numerous cats, kittens, puppies and dogs; stashing the dead cats in the trash, and burying 42 dead dogs in the backyard of her home. She wasn’t motherly to her children when she forced them to witness the deaths of family pets.
So what’s going to happen to this abomination. She’s been incarcerated since her arrest in December 2009. Her sentencing will be on March 28. Suffolk County Court Judge C. Randall Hinrichs said he would sentence McDonough to a two-year maximum term and the time she has served will count toward her sentence. She is expected to be freed in April or May.
She gets two years max for 13 counts of animal abuse and child endangerment? Let’s take a look at some of the abuse she admitted to.
- McDonough admitted to abusing the family’s dogs and a cat in incidents dating back five years.
- She admitted strangling a Maltese dog to death in front of her 10-year-old daughter in June 2006.
- In November 2009 she slammed a cat named Cinderella against a wall, covered its mouth with duct tape and hung the cat from a bunk bed ladder until it died.
- At other times, she said, she wrapped duct tape around the snout of a Shepherd mix named Budweiser. Three other dogs and Budweiser were deprived of food and water.
- In November 2009, McDonough said, she slapped her 1-year-old daughter and shouted profanity to stop the child from crying.
- She said she forced her children to urinate in garbage buckets and trash bags, and the children were told to bathe themselves using baby wipes.
- Her oldest son, the one who turned her in, was so upset that his sisters were living on peanut butter sandwiches he bought them TV dinners. But McDonough promptly confiscated them.
And she gets two years max for this abuse. McDonough faces two years on the animal cruelty charges, but only a one-year term for the child endangerment offenses because they are misdemeanors. The Suffolk County DA’s office has urged New York lawmakers to approve legislation that would make child endangerment a felony.
Sharon McDonough is the poster mom on why this abuse should be a felony. For 5 years she abused and terrified her 6 children. Kids aged 1 to 13. She tortured and killed animals in their presence, among other deplorable acts as stated above. No WAY should she get credit for time served. She should be incarcerated in a state correctional facility for a long time. A long, long time.
And not one family member including her children attended the hearing. What’s that tell you.
Her kids are living with relatives and are under the authority of family court. The DA’s office intends to ask the judge to issue an order of protection when she is sentenced, requiring McDonough to not contact the children after her release.
Look at the house the kids were forced to live in, and where 42 animals were tortured, killed and buried in the backyard. Can you imagine the macabre energy surrounding this place? I don’t know about you, but somehow I get a feeling she will be featured in the next Halloween Special on Canine Hauntings.
It will most likely be a terrifying and tormenting haunting. The state of New York may have it’s sentencing guidelines to adhere to, but the other side does not.