For Immediate Release
Dec. 15, 2016
A woman who allegedly abused a small dog, known widely as Roadrunner, entered a guilty plea today to felony and misdemeanor animal abuse and abandonment charges, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced.
Kimberly Anderson, dob: 5/6/1978, entered the plea to Animal Abuse, a D felony, and Animal Abandonment, a misdemeanor. She agreed to enter Jackson County Mental Health Court, have no contact or possession of animals in the future, make $200 restitution to the Pet Project and serve 120 days of shock time. Her sentence was suspended and she will remain on probation for three years. Anderson entered an Alford plea, meaning she believed there was enough evidence to convict her at trial.
The judge today cautioned Anderson that if she were to fail to follow any of her conditions, she could face up to 4 years in prison.
The small dog known as Roadrunner was allegedly abused by Anderson in Nov. 2014. A witness told police they saw the dog tossed from a balcony. It suffered a variety of injuries, including broken bones. And veterinarians had to remove both of his eyes. The animal today is cared for by new owners.
Anderson had been scheduled to face trial next week in Jackson County Circuit Court.
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Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
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*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.