One Ohio judge believes that if you can dish it out, you can take it, especially when it comes to abusing animals– and his sentences to animal abusers show he wants to make them learn from their crimes.
Judge Mike Cicconetti is based in Ohio and criminals there know they’re in trouble when they walk into his courtroom. As a lifelong animal lover, he serves up sentences to make them think twice about repeating their crimes.
For example, when one woman forced her dog to live in filth, she was sentenced to spending a day at the dump. And he ordered her to make it miserable, telling her, “I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill, and I want them to find the stinkiest, smelliest, God-awful odor place they can find in that dump and I want you to sit there for eight hours tomorrow, to think about what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke.”
He gave jail time, a fine, and a night alone in the woods as the sentence to a woman who abandoned 35 kittens in the woods. His words to her: “How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes … listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?”
He wants to see even tougher laws on the books to punish animal abusers, but in the meantime, will continue to get creative when the guilty appear in his courtroom.