On Monday morning in Staten Island, New York, the woman who callously stuffed an injured two-pound puppy into a bag and then threw her in a field near the train tracks in Bay Terrace has been sentenced to jail, reports the SILive.
Justice William E. Garnett imposed the sentence of one year in jail for the beating of the Maltese Shih-Tzuh mix named Snowflake to Alsu Ivanchenko, who was found guilty at a bench trial in August. She is also banned from owning any companion animals for 15 years, must register as an animal abuser for five years, and pay $21,795 in restitution to the ASPCA. Ivanchenko made no apologies to the court and was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom.
Last September, Ivanchenko, 36, tossed the puppy away because she couldn’t afford the veterinarian care. Instead she purchased another dog for her child. Two good Samaritans found the puppy whimpering along the side of the road. The puppy, originally named Snowflake by Ivanchenko, was renamed Charlotte. At the time, the puppy suffered from severe head trauma with two skull fractures, bruising on her head, and a broken leg. After many months of rehabilitation, Charlotte recovered although she still needs special care. She has been adopted to a family in New York City and is reported to be doing fine.
Earlier in the case, prosecutors offered Ivanchenko six months in jail, five years of probation and restitution to the ASPCA. Ivanchenko declined the offer. Read the previous story here.