A Middletown woman who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor cruelty to a companion animal after she turned her severely emaciated dog into an animal rescue has been sentenced.
Joseph’s Legacy, a local animal rescue, received a canine on Feb. 12, that was so severely emaciated that it was forced to report the dog and its condition to the Butler County Dog Warden’s Office.
Ashley Kubilus, 27, of the 2300 block of Oxford State Road, told dog warden officials she had the dog for approximately two years and was unable to care for it appropriately.
Last month, Kubilus pleaded guilty to the first-degree misdemeanor charge in Middletown Municipal Court.
On Tuesday, Judge James Sherron sentenced Kubilus to a suspended 180 days in jail, gave her a $1,000 fine with $800 suspended, ordered her to pay $157 to Joseph’s Legacy and ordered that she not own pets or reside in any residence with animals for the next 15 years. She also was ordered to comply with one-year probation.
“This is not rocket science, you get a pet, you feed and take care of the pet or you give it to someone who will,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones when the charges were filed. “This dog had been starved so badly I’m not sure how it is still alive right now. She claimed she ran out of room because of buying new furniture so she kept it in a cage in the basement. The treatment of this animal is disgusting.”
Joseph’s Legacy cared for Marvin, believed to be a golden retriever mix. The dog steadily gained weight and has now been adopted, according to Meg Melampy, Joseph’s Legacy’s executive director.
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