“Guilty; but I think her sentence is pitiful. Just look at that face & remember it, that’s the face of an animal abuser! These people are heartless & self-centred, they don’t’ give a shit about living sentient beings. They are so cruel & callous, they walk past their pets each day, not giving a dam that they are starving, cold, injured etc. So instead of sending them to a cosy prison (often better than their own abode) with a cosy bed, food etc. I personally I think it would do more good & certainly be cheaper, to just drop them off on a deserted island, surrounded by sharks so they can’t get away. No food, water or protection! Because that’s the only way they are ever going to get close, to how their pet felt! See how they bloody well like that, I bet there wouldn’t be half as many who would abuse an animal again!!”
In February, Elizabeth Lewis’ pit bull, Bruiser, was found emaciated and was later euthanized to end his suffering.
Lewis, 19, previously faced an animal cruelty charge for the alleged mistreatment of Bruiser. The dog was taken to an animal shelter in August.
At that time, he weighed 17 pounds and appeared to be malnourished. She was found not guilty of the first charge after a bench trial.
Animal rights supporters created a Facebook page in memory of the pit bill, called “Justice For Bruiser.”
The group, and the online response surrounding it, caused the case to garner national attention and dozens of protestors locally.
Tuesday, Lewis was found guilty of animal cruelty and failure to file for a dog tag. She was sentenced to 180 days in jail, 90 of which were stayed.
She owes $646 in court costs and faces two years of supervised community service.