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In a vast majority of animal cruelty cases we read, the abuser is sentenced to little more than a proverbial slap on the wrist for their crimes. This time, at least, justice may have finally been served for Mayble the Chihuahua.
A California man was sentenced to jail time, felony probation, and restitution totaling more than $20,000 for his part in abusing his roommate’s Chihuahua puppy.
Spencer Whitewood, 21, of Ventura County, California was convicted last March of felony animal cruelty after kicking and severely injuring his roommate’s 8-month old Chihuahua before dumping the animal alongside an Ojai roadway to die.
The dog’s owner had provided Whitewood with a place to live when he fell on hard times. After Mayble was found abandoned roadside, her owner contacted Ventura County Police to inform them of suspicions about Whitewood. She reported to police that Mayble had suffered unexplained injuries when left alone with Whitewood in the past.
Whitewood admitted to kicking Mayble in the face after, he said, she tried to bite him, then abandoning the dog in an attempt to coverup the abuse. He told Mayble’s owner that the dog had run away.
Mayble was treated for injuries that included brain trauma and permanent damage to her eye, ultimately resulting in it being removed.
Thursday, Whitewood was sentenced to 180 days in jail followed by 3 years of felony probation and restitution payments to the dog’s owner in the amount of $22,461. In addition, he is prohibited from ever owning an animal in the future.
Most cases of abuse result in little to no jail time and typically only include misdemeanor charges. Do you think the punishment fits the crime in this case? Weigh in with a comment below!