Monday, January 18, 2010

News Reeel - Update on Aussie Breeder

Here's a bit of news for you; an update about the Australian Shepherd breeder I featured on Friday ... following is the link to the article Mason-area breeder guilty in animal cruelty case below are some excerpts.

The jury found Joan Skillman, 73, of Aurelius Township "guilty of 6 (out of 11) misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty or abandonment ... She faces up to 93 days in jail, fines and up to two years of probation."

"Officers testified this week that the dogs were wet, dirty and matted and were living in 9 inches of mud, water, urine and feces. Veterinarians said the dogs had health problems such as bloody urine, skin infections, broken teeth, overgrown nails, bladder stones and parasites. A behavior expert testified that many of the dogs showed signs of little or no human contact."

"At least half of the guilty counts involved dogs that had heartworms, according to a veterinarian's testimony, and two of the guilty counts involved dogs that have died since Animal Control seized them from Skillman's kennel"

Damn skippy the jury found her guilty. Dogs should NEVER be forced to live in their own feces (not to mention the lack of veterinary care they received). I wish she would have to serve more than 93 days in jail ... the article doesn't specify how much the fines will be either ... but it's a good start. I'm glad they got their conviction.


Cyndi and Stumpy said...

She won't even serve 93 days If she serves 31 (less with time served) it will be a miracle. Fines will be translated to community service. You can't get blood from a turnip.

I am waiting to hear what jason meduna gets for the debacle at the three strikes ranch in Nebraska. He was found guilty on all counts.

GoLightly said...

Time in jail would be good. Maybe in her own filth, just so she knows what she puts those poor critters through.

Seems the ABR forum had something to do with Jason's debacle, GSC.
I think they should be slightly culpable too.
Send money is a great clarion call, when you're a guy, in the horse "rescue" business.
He's guilty as original sin.

Cynical old broad out.

GoLightly said...

More news on Jason

WillOaks Studio said...

I just couldn't believe the details of the original story and I'm glad to learn some justice is being served here. I hope part of the sentence is also that she NEVER, NEVER, NEVER gets to have a dog again. Actually, jail is too good for her.....

DogsDeserveFreedom said...

Sentencing should be more for animal cruelty.

GSC, you're right - she may only serve 31, but that's better than nothing.

Regarding the Meduna case ... (thanks, GoLightly for posting the link!) ... I'm glad he was found guilty. I hope he rots in jail.

It sounds terrible, but we can hope for jail-house justice; sometimes it happens ...