I’m pretty confident you and I are a lot alike. We like to work hard and enjoy nice, long vacations. We like ice cream. We like beautiful sunsets. But we don’t care much for rodents or those who pass us on the highway doing a hundred miles an hour. And there’s probably something else you and I can definitely agree that we don’t like. Animal abusers.
It seems like it happens all to often, and too many get away with it without any consequences. But in Painesville, Ohio, there’s a judge named Michael Cicconetti. And when an accused animal abuser comes before him, he does his best to make sure that that person learns a valuable lesson.
One woman was found guilty of having her dog live in filth, so he sentenced her to spend a day at the county’s dump.
And this is what he told her: “I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill, and I want them to find the stinkiest, smelliest, God-awful odor place they can find in that dump and I want you to sit there for eight hours tomorrow, to think about what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke.”
Another woman was found guilty of abandoning 35 kittens in the woods. So he sentenced her to spend a night in the woods all by herself, in addition to jail time and a fine.
Judge Mike said he wants his punishments to make the news, sending a very strong message to anyone who tries to get away with abusing animals.