Judge gave woman in animal cruelty case a taste of her own medicine

Ksenia Novikova
Jun 19, 2018
05:33 A.M.
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An Ohio judge, Michael Cicconetti came up with a rather creative punishment for an animal abuser who left her dog to live in filth for a week.


ABC News reported on August 31, 2015, that the judge from Painesville, Ohio, meted out the punishment to give them a taste of their own medicine.

There are many people and organizations working to help animals being abused or neglected. 

They find support in a judge from Painesville Municipal Court, Ohio, Michael Cicconetti. 

The judge is himself an animal lover and stated that he is unhappy seeing many abusers get little to no punishment for the abuse they inflict on animals.

He then began giving out creative sentences befitting their crimes. His punishments are not cruel, but a bit unusual and often come with an option.


He said, “It doesn’t mean that they can’t deal with a little discomfort and embarrassment”

One woman was brought to the court after animal rescue found her dog, Moose, living in a mess. Judge Cicconetti handed out a punishment which gave the woman a taste of her own medicine.


She was to spend eight hours in filth, just as she made her dog living in a bad condition. He told her, “I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill… and I want you to sit there for eight hours.”

He also added some instructions for the in charge of the landfill – find the “stinkiest, smelliest, God-awful odor place” they can find in the dump.

Judge Cicconetti wanted her to think about what she did to the animal, while she was at the dump.


The woman did have an option – spend 90 days in jail. She chose the dump at the Lake County Solid Waste Facility. She was giving the job of picking up garbage at the facility.

Another person who abandoned a dozen kittens in the woods received a punishment of spending one night in the woods by herself, according to News 5 Cleveland.

He wanted to know from her how she would feel when she was dumped off at a metro park late at night? He added if she would like to sit listening to the coyotes, and the raccoons without being aware of where the next meal would come from. 

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