New London woman receives jail term for animal cruelty

A New London woman was convicted of two animal cruelty charges Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court. Donna Dennis, 41, of 1056 Ohio 60, is scheduled to report to the Huron County Jail for a 60-day sentence in about 30 days. She pleaded no contest to two counts of cruelty to animals and in exchange, the state dropped two remaining charges. Judge John Ridge prohibited Dennis from owning or possessing any animals or live in the same residence as an animal during her five years of probation. Court records further show she was fined a total of $200 and $86 in costs.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

A New London woman was convicted of two animal cruelty charges Tuesday in Norwalk Municipal Court.

Donna Dennis, 41, of 1056 Ohio 60, is scheduled to report to the Huron County Jail for a 60-day sentence in about 30 days. She pleaded no contest to two counts of cruelty to animals and in exchange, the state dropped two remaining charges.

Judge John Ridge prohibited Dennis from owning or possessing any animals or live in the same residence as an animal during her five years of probation. Court records further show she was fined a total of $200 and $86 in costs.

"I'm glad to know she's not going to be putting animals at risk by owning animals for the next five years," Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said.

On Feb. 19, investigators found a slew of dead and neglected animals at the Dennis home when they used a search warrant. Authorities took custody of four dogs two days later because they were considered to be in the worst shape.

The investigators had received a tip from a woman whose husband had helped Dennis and her husband remove multiple dead animals from the inside of the home. The husband, who was last at the home in early February, started working for her in January.

On March 17, Dennis released 14 dogs, four turtles and two hamsters to the Huron County Humane Society. Operations manager Ken Stewart, as of early April, said the organization had placed "quite a few animals" in new homes.

"She has found a home for quite a few," said Karla Williams, a Humane Society investigator, after an April 1 pretrial conference.

In a statement released in March, Williams said conditions at Dennis' former home were "adequate" and had improved, but still weren't "perfect." She also mentioned she was keeping "a close eye on the animals that remain in her possession" at the time.

Clifford gave a brief update this morning.

"According to the defendant's attorney, there are approximately 10 animals at the property that are in possession of a partner in a kennel business," the prosecutor said.

It's unknown how long Dennis was running a kennel in rural New London. The Humane Society has referred to Dennis as a "hoarder," someone who becomes overwhelmed when taking care of multiple animals. Williams has said hoarders need counseling.

Comments

Chad Eitle (Ano...

Hoarders need counseling? This woman needs counseling for more than hoarding. Sign her up for the a few classes like animal neglect, housekeeping, and common sense. It's a shame they don't have counseling for stupidity. We need to lock this broad up in a broom closet and not feed her for a few weeks and see how she likes it.

wilburcat

why is she allowed 30 days before she has to report to jail?

i think this is more like a slap on the wrist. she needs to do something more than a mere 60 days behind bars. how about being orderd to work at a county animal shelter for the 5 years she is on probation?

will she get out early with good behavior?

if she gets hoarding counseling, will the tax payers be footing the bill for this?

Doxie

Okay, this just astounds me! She gets 60 days? 30 days in which she gets before even serving her time. 286 dollars just doesn't seem enough so the price those animals paid...

swiss family

to "wilburcat" are you kidding me.. you think that it would be a good idea for her to work at an animal shelter for her 5 yrs of probation??? you must be joking!!!
my heart just breaks for all of the animals that must be enclosed in the shelters, and they face a truly hard and lonely life until they are adopted, the very last thing that i want is for them to have to live in fear of being beaten , and starved and neglected by some heartless witch like her
the people that i have met who work at the shelters, are kind, compassionate and loving people.. who do much more work than they are paid for.. i feel it wouldn't be fair to them to make their jobs more difficult by having to watch, and protect all of the animals from her too.
i think that her punishment is almost perfect for her.. she will be defenseless, and caged in jail.. i just wish that they would make her defecate on the floor, and then not clean it up for her so she would have to walk in and sleep in her own droppings. like she did to the helpless animals she had
and i also wish that they would only feed her when they remembered to do so.. once every couple of days or so and that they would put he in an overcrowded cell, with alot of other starving people too, so when they did remember to throw a few scraps her way, she would have to fight for every morsel of scraps that she could steal away from all of the other starving creatures, and if some of them starve and die in there, just let their dead bodies lay there , who knows, the survivors might just get hungry enough to eat the decaying corpse!!
i know that this sounds cruel to most people.. but these were the conditions that she provided to the animals that she had, i just feel that true justice would be served if we gave her a taste of her own medicine!!!