CORNWALL – A Cornwall woman won’t be able to be around animals for the next 15 years after pleading guilty to animal cruelty.
Ashley Labelle plead to three counts of animal cruelty (causing distress to an animal, failing to provide adequate food and water and failing to provide veterinary care).
In November 2014, SPCA inspectors found a flea-infested dog – a Papillion/Chihuahua-mix – locked in a bathroom with no food or water.
According to SPCA inspectors, Labelle admitted to not living at the home where the dog was kept or spending time with it.
The dog was emaciated, covered in fleas and missing hair on a third of its body.
The six-year-old dog was voluntarily surrendered to the SPCA and was taken to a vet and treated with medication for a severe skin infection and a flea infestation.
Labelle also has to pay a $3,000 fine and will be on two years probation following her sentence.