I have received a very interesting comment from the aunt of the woman, Cassie Haslam, who let her three dogs and a cat to starve to death in a mobile home. On conviction she was handed down a very lenient sentence by the judge (Turner) sitting at the Spartanburg court. You can read the story if you click on this link (a new window opens).
Cassie’s aunt, Darlene, is the person who called animal control in October. This is the comment on this website:
“Michael, I am the one who called animal control in Oct..This POS woman is my niece..Her problem is that she has never had to answer to anyone for her actions her whole life…She inherited a half million when she turned 18 and spent it in 6 yrs..now owes the IRS thousands which they don’t seem to care about…she lost her Mom in 2014,not that she really cared about anyone other than herself..I knew for a long time that she was abusing pain killers..but when she lost all that money I discovered she was stealing her grandmothers pain pills and her money..I stepped in to stop her…this is when I discovered the abuse of her animals..I do wish I had broke the law and stole the animals but I thought the treat of having them taken away would wake her up…You can’t help a drug addict until they can admit they are a drug addict.”
As you can see, Cassie inherited $500,000 when she turned 18. She burned through that inheritance in six years. She is now indebted to the Inland Revenue. She is also addicted to painkillers. She lost her mum in 2014.
The comment in fact says it all so I’ll stop there. The truth of the matter is that this woman became very selfish, inward looking and hedonistic. She appears to have totally lost any sensitivity and respect for others.
This may shed some light on how she was able to starve her pets to death. I had asked how a person could do this and Darlene has provided some answers.
Perhaps her troubled background, which would have come out in court when her lawyer made a plea in mitigation, had an impact upon the judge. We don’t know what happened in court. We don’t know what her lawyer said. But it is the kind of thing that a lawyer would have stated.
Personally, I don’t condone these sorts of arguments in mitigation. But like I say Darlene’s comment sheds light on this disturbing case.