COVINGTON, La. (WDSU) -- A Slidell woman has pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty charges involving a dog with missing legs.
District Attorney Warren Montgomery announced that Lynette Victor, 51, of Slidell, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated cruelty to animals in a case involving a dog named "Buddy."
District Judge Raymond S. Childress sentenced Victor to seven years in the Department of Corrections, which was suspended, three years of probation, a $5,000 fine, and restitution for veterinary expenses, according to Montgomery.
Victor also is prohibited from owning any animals during the duration of her probation, and he ordered a mental health evaluation and any recommended treatment.
Victor was arrested in September 2019, after Buddy, a mixed Dachshund-Chihuahua, was discovered, abandoned in a trailer park, suffering from severe malnutrition and internal parasites, and missing his two hind legs, according to court documents.
Victor told investigators that the dog, who belonged to her daughter, had been shot by an unknown person in February and had begun dragging his legs. The mother and daughter took him to a veterinarian but were not able to afford the recommended treatment, and the veterinarian sent them home with prescribed medication and instructions to wrap the dog’s legs.
The daughter claimed she must have bandaged the dog’s legs too tightly, causing them to fall off.