It seems incredibily painful when we hear about animals being abused or neglected. Organizations and rescues do what they can to help in these situations, but when it comes to the laws they are powerless. Until Michael Cicconetti became judge.
The judge from Painesville, Ohio, is an animal lover. He states he is tired of seeing these abusers get little to no punishment for the abuse the inflict on animals. That’s why he’s been giving out creative sentences that fit the crimes. His punishments aren’t cruel and unusual but it doesn’t have to be.
“it doesn’t mean that they can’t deal with a little discomfort and embarrassment.”
One punishment handed out by Judge Cicconetti was when one woman left her dog living in filth. The judge decided it was only fitting that she be forced to spend a day in filth as well:
“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 offender received a punishment of spending one night in the woods by herself after she abandoned 35 kittens there.
“How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes … listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?”
Judge Cicconetti is hoping by using these creative sentences that the word will spread about animal abuse. And abusers will hear the consequences that come will come.
What do you think about his punishments? I think the are very clever and resourceful.