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Dog Gets Justice

A Texoma woman who pleaded guilty to Cruelty for a Lon-Livestock Animal by tying up her dog and starving it was sentenced today.

Roxanne Arredondo was sentenced to 300 days in the Wichita County Jail and a $4,000 fine.  Her bond has been set at $10,000.

“Justice was served.  Ms. Arredondo deserves every minute of that sentence,” Stephen J. Rancourt the Assistant District Attorney said.

Rancourt said he is very happy with the outcome of this trial.  He said Judge Gary Butler sent a very strong message to the community that this type of behavior won't be tolerated in Wichita County.

It took Judge Butler less than 15 minutes to announce her sentence.  However, before he delivered the sentence, he wanted to give her a message.  He told her she sentenced the dog, Shelby to a slow and horrible death.  He added that he couldn't imagine what Shelby went through.

Arredondo was almost given the maximum sentence for her crime.

Rancourt said, “The maximum fine under being a class a misdemeanor in the state of Texas was a $4,000 fine and one year in county jail.”

One of the strong points in the case was the testimony by the veterinarian who saw Shelby a few months before she died.  She gave Arredondo a 30-day supply of medication because Shelby was loosing her hair and told her to come back.  Arredondo never followed up because she said she couldn't afford the bill.  The veterinarian said is was the worst case of animal cruelty she had seen in 30 years.  However, Rancourt said this wasn't the key piece of evidence in the trial.

“The pictures were probably the most powerful piece of evidence,” Rancourt said.

Shelby's condition was so bad, she was infested with insects to the point they were actually eating away at her eyes, while she was still alive.

Rancourt said, “I think the judge looked at those and realized the damage that this defendant had done, not only to the animal, but to the community.”

During the trial on Friday, two rescue groups were in the audience to show their support.  They want people to start taking animal abuse seriously.

Denise French, with the Texas Pit Crew said, “There's animal abuse every single day and there's lots of reports and up until now they haven't been taken seriously.”

She was very emotional after the trial was over, but that is because she cares about animals and today they felt justice was served.

“I think it sends a clear message that we're not going to tolerate this kind of stuff anymore.” French said.

Alexandra McClung, Newschannel 6
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