Man pleads in animal cruelty case involving Dalmatian puppy whose leg had to be amputated

A former resident of Hagerstown pleaded responsible Tuesday to a misdemeanor animal cruelty cost for inflicting pointless struggling in January on a Dalmatian pet that the prosecutor mentioned went via three surgical procedures following the ordeal.

The pet had head accidents and two damaged legs, one in all which was amputated about six months in the past, in keeping with court docket information and the Humane Society of Washington County.

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A felony cost of aggravated animal cruelty in opposition to Michael W. Snyder, 25, who lived in Hagerstown on the time of the incident, was placed on the inactive docket throughout the plea listening to in Washington County District Courtroom on Tuesday morning.

However Assistant State’s Lawyer Danielle Lackovic mentioned if Snyder would not pay the complete $16,539.68 in restitution for the pet’s medical prices at his sentencing listening to in three months she’s going to prosecute him on the felony cost.

The utmost penalty on the felony cost is as much as three years incarceration and a $5,000 high-quality, in keeping with charging paperwork.

Bijou, a Dalmatian pet who’s the topic of an animal cruelty case, rests a number of months in the past. The pet had a entrance leg amputated about six months in the past as a result of accidents from abuse. (Photograph submitted on Aug. 15, 2023.)

If Snyder pays the restitution on the sentencing listening to, Decide Mark D. Thomas agreed to condemn Snyder to not more than 30 days in jail on the misdemeanor cost.

Lackovic mentioned, per the plea deal, the state is recommending a 90-day sentence with all however 30 days suspended.

Protection Lawyer Tae Kim instructed the decide the protection might ask for lower than the 30 days on the sentencing listening to.

Bijou, a Dalmatian puppy who had a leg amputated due to animal cruelty in Hagerstown in January 2023, is "doing great," said Colin Berry, executive director for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Bijou, a Dalmatian pet who had a leg amputated as a result of animal cruelty in Hagerstown in January 2023, is “doing nice,” mentioned Colin Berry, government director for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Lackovic mentioned probation situations would come with that Snyder not possess or reside with any animals. He additionally would have a psychological well being analysis.

The prosecutor mentioned she additionally would search to take away the felony cost from the inactive docket if Snyder violates his probation in any manner.

Kim had no remark after the listening to.

It was not instantly recognized Tuesday if Snyder was nonetheless residing in Frederick County, Md. Following a January bond listening to, Snyder was launched on recognizance till his trial, with situations. Snyder was to remain at a relative’s Frederick, Md.-area house and never be round any animals.

How is Bijou, the Dalmatian pet, doing along with her restoration?

“Bijou is doing nice. She’s an lively pet who’s making up for misplaced playtime over the previous 12 months,” texted Colin Berry, the humane society’s government director.

Because of the extent of her preliminary accidents, Bijou would require lifelong joint dietary supplements and NSAIDs, Berry wrote. She additionally will have to be monitored all through her life for “delicate adjustments in her gait which will point out ache or reinjury.”

Bijou, a Dalmatian puppy who suffered animal cruelty in Hagerstown in January 2023, is pictured with her new canine siblings. Bijou will be adopted by her foster, said Colin Berry, executive director for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Bijou, a Dalmatian pet who suffered animal cruelty in Hagerstown in January 2023, is pictured along with her new canine siblings. Bijou will likely be adopted by her foster, mentioned Colin Berry, government director for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Berry mentioned Bijou’s foster dad or mum, and soon-to-be adopter, “is intimately conscious of her particular wants and is aware of precisely what it is going to take to offer Bijou with a secure, lifelong house,” Berry wrote. The Dalmatian’s new house is in Washington County and he or she has the corporate of different canines.

Lackovic mentioned the restitution quantity is to reimburse the humane society for Bijou’s medical bills. That quantity might have been larger, about $20,000 to $25,000, if not for reductions supplied to the humane society, she mentioned.

How was the Dalmatian pet abused?

A humane society area providers officer and a Washington County Sheriff’s Workplace deputy responded to Mountain View Animal Emergency on Crayton Boulevard on Jan. 3 for a suspected animal abuse case involving a 13-week-old pet. The pet had head accidents and two damaged legs. She went into cardiac arrest whereas diagnostic X-rays had been carried out and he or she was resuscitated, in keeping with court docket information.

In line with court docket information, Snyder’s girlfriend instructed the sphere providers officer she acquired a name from Snyder round 11 a.m. saying their canine was limping after coming into their Hagerstown house from enjoying within the yard. When she acquired house late that afternoon, she discovered the pet unresponsive and contacted the animal hospital.

Bijou, left, rests recently with one of her new canine "siblings." The Dalmatian puppy is "doing great" after having a front leg amputated about six months ago due to abuse, said Colin Berry, executive director for the Humane Society of Washington County.

Bijou, left, rests just lately with one in all her new canine “siblings.” The Dalmatian pet is “doing nice” after having a entrance leg amputated about six months in the past as a result of abuse, mentioned Colin Berry, government director for the Humane Society of Washington County.

The girlfriend isn’t being charged, a humane society official has mentioned.

Snyder instructed the sphere providers officer the pet defecated close to his son’s play space round 11 a.m., court docket information state. Snyder “started to self-discipline the pet by pushing her nostril into the feces and struck her on the rear whereas doing so. Snyder admitted that he struck the pet very laborious and doubtless struck the canine too laborious,” court docket information state. Snyder additionally instructed the officer he wasn’t attempting to be malicious by hitting the canine, solely attempting to self-discipline it.

The girlfriend surrendered the pet to the humane society.

This text initially appeared on The Herald-Mail: Plea in animal cruelty case involving Dalmatian pet from Hagerstown

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