Marlene S. Diaz, 24, of Cooper Street, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and received a sentence of probation! Judge Bradford Ward sentenced Diaz to a suspended, one-year prison sentence, plus two years of probation, in Superior Court in Manchester. She is not to own any pets, he ordered, and must do 50 hours of community service, according to court documents.

On October 10th of last year a Connecticut Natural Gas employee called the police anonymously and reported an emaciated dog tied in the basement of the Copper Street house. When police arrived they found Princess, a 10 year old Chihuahua mix, tied on a three foot lead, so sick that she could barely life her head and couldn’t stand on her own.

The dog was dehydrated and had protruding bones, discharge indicative of eye infections, plus ear mites. Her gums were pale white or yellow instead of pink and she was so dehydrated, her lips had been “literally stuck to the inside teeth and gum,” the warrant says. Princess weighed about a third of what a 10-year-old Chihuahua should weigh, a veterinarian said. Her tail was missing fur and had scrape marks on it.

The poor dog was in such bad shape the only humane thing to do was to euthanize her.

Diaz’ mother, Marlene L. Rivas, 56, of the same address, was also arrested, but her case has not been resolved yet.

At the preliminary hearing last October, Judge Raymond Norko told Diaz in Superior Court regarding the photos that were taken of Princess, “These pictures could make any human being cringe.” He read from the warrant for her arrest and said, “When we treat our animals like that, what are we going to do to humans?”

Unfortunately Judge Norko was not the judge presiding at her sentencing or I doubt that she would have gotten away so leniently!

That poor dog suffered terribly for who knows how long and we have another ‘slap on the wrist’ sentence! When is the law going to get serious about abuse? Like Judge Norko said, “When we treat our animals like that, what are we going to do to humans?” They are connected, dangerously so!

Source – The Hartford Courant

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