Woman Sentenced to One Year in Prison After Killing Puppy

Judge Joseph Russo sentenced 19-year-old Deanna Caraballo to one year in prison for animal cruelty. Last fall, she slammed an eight-week-old puppy named Smokey to the ground, killing it.

The animal cruelty charges landed Caraballo with a felony conviction, thanks only to the advocates and legislators who worked to pass Goddard's Law. Under that law, Caraballo's one-year sentence is the maximum punishment for, e.g., violently ending a puppy's life or willfully not feeding it. The law, of course, is named for Fox 8 legend Dick Goddard, friend to your pets and mine.

Before that law was passed, animal cruelty was considered a misdemeanor in Ohio.

According to Goddard's old station, Caraballo intends to appeal the sentence.

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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