Who, age What Where When Last known address
Ann Taylor, 57 starved her husbands dog to death

Marion, IA

Linn County

October 17, 2003  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
Misdemeanor   1 13-year-old dog Convicted  

Ann Taylor, 57, of 975 18th St., Marion, was charged with animal neglect for allegedly starving her adult mixed breed dog to death, court records show.

On Oct. 17, Marion police Officer Patrick Schmidt went to her address and found a very thin dead dog lying in a kennel.

An autopsy revealed the dog died of malnutrition and starvation. The dog only weighed about 50 percent of its typical weight.

The charge is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.

Update 7/17/04:  A Marion woman who admitted starving her husband's dog to death was sentenced to 25 hours of community service at an animal shelter.  Taylor told Judge Jane Spande she loved Mollie, the 13-year-old dog, who belonged to her husband. "I wouldn't have let her die intentionally," Taylor said.

She said her husband was not at home in October and she believed another family member was caring for the dog.

In ordering the community service, Spande said she has found such sentences beneficial to the defendant and the animal shelter.

"I'm not condoning the dog's treatment, but Mollie did have good care for 13 years," Spande said, after looking at documents that included veterinary records.

Spande gave Taylor a deferred sentence and a year of self-supervised probation. If Taylor completes the year of probation without further offenses, the charge will be removed from her record.


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