One of today’s Staten Island Advance front-page headlines reads “Cruella Remains Defiant,” a reference to fictional villain Cruella De Vil. On Monday, in New York State Supreme Court, Alsu Ivanchenko was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay $21,795 in restitution to the ASPCA to cover the medical care of a dog named Charlotte.
Ivancheko will be the first person to register with authorities under Staten Island’s Animal Abuse Registration Act, and has also been forbidden from owning another pet for 15 years. From the accompanying report by Frank Donnelly:
Prosecutors said Ivanchenko beat her 1.1-pound Maltese-Shih Tzu mix on Sept. 12 of last year and discarded the badly injured pup in a bag by the train tracks in Bay Terrace near her home.
Prosecutors said Ivanchenko abandoned the animal because she couldn’t afford its medical care.
The dog, now named Pip, was safely adopted into a new home this spring. Ivanchenko’s attorney indicated that she plans to appeal.
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