Homeless man charged with cruelty to animals
on 8/24/2004 (0)
DOWNTOWN DETROIT, MI -Homeless American Larry Siefert, has been charged with cruelty to animals for apparently allowing his pet beagle mix to become sick and malnourished.
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ASPCA spokeswoman Linda Kral describes the deplorable situation.
"The poor dog, a beagle collie mix, was at least 20 lbs underweight, and had a variety of life threatening conditions, including worms, an ear infection and severe dehydration. I am absolutley apalled that mister Siefert could allow this to happen, and hope an appropiate punishment is levied against him. There is no place in a civilized society for this sort of deplorable neglect."
Siefert, a diagnosed schizophrenic, is apparently ineligible for Social Security benefits or Medicaid because of a virtualy non existent work record due to his illness, and was described by examining nurses as "at least 20 lbs underweight, suffering from a variety of life threatening conditions, including worms, an ear infection and severe dehydration."
The dog, nicknamed "Spirit" for his obvious desire to survive, will be rehabilitated and adopted by a volunteer foster family when he has sufficiently recovered.
Homeless man Larry Siefert will spend 90 days in jail, and will be "grudgingly" returned to the streets of Detroit this winter.
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