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This is a disturbing story but it's good to see people are starting to get prison time for this type of thing...<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">A San Francisco woman who tied up her dog in a closet and left it to starve to death was sentenced to six months in prison.<br><br><br><br>
Raija Hossainy, 23, was ordered Wednesday to serve the prison term by U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco. Hossainy pleaded guilty to a felony count of animal cruelty in January. The case was closely watched by many animal-rights advocates.<br><br><br><br>
"Ms. Hossainy engaged in behavior that is, by definition, cruel, not negligent," Assistant U.S Attorney Rebecca Hardie wrote in court papers in arguing against probation. "A message should be sent to the community that such conduct is inexcusable and will not be tolerated in the judicial system."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Hossainy's attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender Ronald Tyler, said his client was a battered woman with no previous criminal history. He claimed Hossainy was motivated by fear of her batterer.<br><br><br><br>
Police discovered the dead dog on July 30, 2001, after neighbors called to complain of a strong odor coming from Hossainy's apartment. They entered to check on Hossainy's welfare, but discovered the dog inside the closet without food or water, according to an affidavit filed by a U.S. Park Police officer.<br><br><br><br>
A barbell was propped against the closet door and scratch marks were visible inside the closet indicating the dog attempted to free itself.<br><br><br><br>
Hossainy told police she moved out of the apartment on June 13 without giving notice because an ex-boyfriend's phone calls made her nervous.<br><br><br><br>
Neighbors told police they heard the dog barking on July 4, almost three weeks after Hossainy admitted to abandoning the dog.</div>
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I say tie the biatch up and starve her just to the brink of starvation all the while having a fresh plate of food just beyond her grasp so she slowly goes insane all the while feeling her body die a slow horrible painful death. Only then will she begin to understand what she has done.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by MsRuthieB</i><br><br><b>I say tie the biatch up and</b></div>
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I understand the feeling, but also feel that one should not do to a person as one doesn't do to an animal.<br><br><br><br>
Maybe prison with compulsory pshiciatric help is an alternative ?
 

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This woman has no soul. Evil Evil Evil she is. Cruel and unusual punishment is the answer for her. Sorry, I have no compassion for people who intentionally mistreat living beings...I don't think you can rehabilitate someone who's done something like this. She had no regard for life to begin with..is that something that can be taught??
 

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Only 6 months for the pain & suffering she caused that poor, innocent dog?? Six months is nothing compared to what she put the animal through. I can't even begin to understand how someone could be so heartelss as to treat an animal that way.
 

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That brought tears to my eyes, the poor dog. That woman is sick & 6 months is by no means enough. She needs psychological help.<br><br><br><br>
If she was going to abandon the dog why on earth did she not set him free? That would have at least given him <b>some</b> chance. Not that I am saying people should abandon their animals, but what posessed her to tie her dog up and leave him to die so horribly? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by VeganVicky</i><br><br><b>If she was going to abandon the dog why on earth did she not set him free? That would have at least given him some chance. Not that I am saying people should abandon their animals, but what posessed her to tie her dog up and leave him to die so horribly? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("></b></div>
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I agree. At least, she could have asked family or friends to take him in or she could have taken him to a shelter. Hell, taking him to the vet's to have him euthanized would have shown more compassion than letting him starve to death alone in his own filth.<br><br><br><br>
Again, I have to say that I have no compassion for this woman.
 

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I've been doing some investigating. Here's the Judge contact info:<br><br><br><br>
The Honorable Maxine Chesney<br><br>
United States District Court<br><br>
Northern District of California<br><br>
450 Golden Gate Ave., 16th Floor<br><br>
San Francisco, CA 94102<br><br><br><br>
I also found that the maximum possible penalties for animal abuse and neglect in California is a $20,000 fine and three years incarceration.<br><br><br><br>
I'm writing the Judge in the case. I know it won't have any effect on the sentencing in this case because that's already over with. But maybe I can somehow affect this Judge for the next sickos sentencing.
 

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On second thought:<br><br>
The neighbours could smell the dog.<br><br>
This makes me think they also could have heard the poor thing.<br><br>
Is not acting also an offence?
 

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this story brought tears to my eyes, i cant believe that someone could be that stupid, even if i was a "battered" woman i would want that dog around me, problaly the only positive thing that stupid b#*ch had!!!
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by 1vegan</i><br><br><b>On second thought:<br><br>
The neighbours could smell the dog.<br><br>
This makes me think they also could have heard the poor thing.<br><br>
Is not acting also an offence?</b></div>
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Good point. If they knew no one lived there and they heard the dog, everyday dying they are stupid asses as well.<br><br><br><br>
It kills me. I would think someone that's been abused and neglected could related on a deeper level with this kind of treatment and more of a reason not to treat it in this way.<br><br><br><br>
I still can't figure it out. I would love to see and interview with her so that I can hear just exactly what was going throught her pea-brain. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:">
 

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I don't want to defend the woman, but I do think one could get in a state of mind wich makes one do things no-one can imagine.<br><br>
The strangest things happen.<br><br>
This doesn't make it right.
 
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