This is another update and the final one on Samson the cat who was dumped in NC on June 22nd 2017 by Michelle Raymond who was charged and convicted of animal abandonment and cruelty. Specifically Raymond was charged with the misdemeanour charge of abandonment of an animal and the felony of cruelty to animals. Michelle Raymond pleaded guilty to both the misdemeanour and the felony charges.
You can read more pages on this case by clicking on this link.
“The woman who threw Samson out of her vehicle away into the street last Thursday and left him sick with urinary disease to die has been arrested this afternoon and taken into custody into the city of Monroe jail.”
Samson’s story, received a lot of coverage online. He was abused and dumped. After a long journey through the criminal court the Justice for Samson Facebook page reports that Michelle Raymond’s sentencing on conviction was:
- She will be on supervised probation for a period of 12 months
- She has to complete 24 hours of community service
- We (Justice for Samson) requested that her community service be done at an animal shelter; Judge cannot require that but he can recommend it
- Pay restitution to Zach’s Rescue
The criminal aspect of the animal welfare laws of NC appear to be too soft. A lot of people wanted Raymond to receive a stiffer sentence.
Samson’s Facebook page tells us that Raymond was convicted of a felony. However, the sentence appears to be light. NC charges dictate sentencing and reflect the attitudes on animal cruelty in North Carolina. Tougher animal welfare abuse laws are needed in this state.
However, the happy ending aspect of this story needs to be stressed. He is in a lovely cat loving home as the following pictures confirm. About 13 hours ago the Justice For Samson page reported that it has been about a year since Samson joined his new family. He looks well and content.
Rick Dohman says “Hello from Sampson. We are just laying around on this Sunday morning.” on the Justice For Samson FB page.
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