Friday, January 14, 2011

Two will serve brief shock jail time for animal abuse in Greene County MO

From KY3 News

A Greene County judge convicted two people this week for abusing animals two years ago.  The trial of Kevin Luske and Dorris Zimmerman followed a raid at a property on Highway H north of Springfield on Feb. 20, 2009. Sheriff’s deputies and rescuers from the Humane Society of Missouri seized three horses, 44 cattle and 20 pit bull terrier adults and puppies during the raid.  Jeff McRoy, an investigator for the Humane Society of Missouri, described the cattle as “emaciated, bones showing, in definite need of medical care.”
The sheriff’s department said the raid followed 20 complaints from people who drove by the property and saw the conditions of the animals.  Sgt. Ron Killingsworth said deputies watched the property for three weeks before applying for a search warrant.
Luske and Zimmerman waived their right to a trial by jury.  Associate Circuit Judge Jason Brown convicted Luske on two of three counts of animal abuse, and convicted Zimmerman on one of three counts of animal abuse.  The sentence for misdemeanor animal abuse is up to a year in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.
Luske has to serve seven days of shock time in the county jail.  Zimmerman has to serve four days of shock time in the jail.  They’ll each be on two years of probation and might have to serve a year in jail if they violate conditions of probation.  The judge also ordered limited the number of animals for which they can care, and told them they must submit to random inspection of the animals at the request of law enforcement officers.

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