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New Jersey Woman Only Gets Probation After Killing Family Dog

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After succeeding in killing her family’s dog with a shovel and claw hammer, this New Jersey woman is only sentenced to two years probation.

Nope! That was not a typo!

This woman is only serving two years probation for brutally killing the family’s 9-year-old mixed dog, “Chuck.”

Courier-Post reports, Michelle Wankoff initially attempted to poison the dog. When that failed, she moved on to using a shovel and claw hammer. It doesn’t even stop there! She then kept the dog in the freezer before she buried it.

If you’re not sick to your stomach yet, you probably will be after hearing she BRAGGED about it after. I couldn’t believe my eyes, so I had to check other news sources.

But there it was on CBS News and NJ.com. Police reportedly received a tip that she was going around bragging about the killing. This is when she was arrested and charged.

Here we are almost two years later, and all she’s getting is two years probation. Reports do mention, mental health treatment is also part of the sentencing. Still, two years probation doesn’t seem like fair justice for the conscious killing of an innocent animal.

On NJSPCA, unnecessary cruelty on a living animal creature could result in a fine between $250 to $1,000 and/or up to 6 months in jail. Those who are charged are then seen as guilty “of a disorderly persons offense.”

New Jersey laws also state if a person knowingly tortures a living animal or creature, they could be guilty of crime of the fourth degree. What is the sentencing for this? It’s a potential penalty of up to 18 months in jail. (New Jersey Courts)

Oh and here’s an exact quote taken from NJSPCA:

“If the animal or creature is cruelly killed or dies as a result of a violation of this subsection, the person shall be guilty of a crime of the third degree.”

Now, this makes me question what exactly happened that she was let off with just two years probation??

What are your thoughts?

Read the story on Courier-Post here.

Source: Courier-Post | NJ.com | CBS News | NJSPCA


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