Woman who neglected 2 animals to death avoids felonious record
Justice for two neglected pets.
They were left alone, helpless, forgotten about. They eventually died of starvation.
A woman from Boynton Beach, Fla. is serving 120 days in jail. She'll then do 2 years probation -- but WPEC noticed she will not have a felony conviction on her record, and there's nothing in writing to prevent her from working with animals.
WPEC is asking some tough questions tonight about the punishment.
WPEC spoke to the defense on this case and the prosecution; they made a deal for the woman and the judge signed off on it.
They say this is not just a slap on the wrist.
26-year-old Ashley Alicea will not have a felony conviction on her record, but anyone who checks her criminal background will be able to learn she took a deal.
Her dog and cat were left unattended in her apartment on Quantum Lakes Drive and they died of starvation.
For that, she is serving 120 days in the Palm Beach County Jail.
Two years of probation and 10 hours of community service a month for those two years.
But WPEC wanted to learn if she could do that community service at an animal shelter? What if she ever applied for a job at a pet store or as a pet sitter?
The prosecutor on the case says that could not happen because the arrest and charges will appear on a background check, they're public record.
As part of her punishment, she can never own an animal or live with anyone who owns animals, and she will be subjected to random inspections by animal care and control.
Her defense attorney tells WPEC, Ashley has no desire to work with animals but she is looking forward to completing probation and putting this matter behind her.
We asked criminal defense attorney Craig Lawson to look over the case and give us his perspective
"It does appear on her record, from the day that she was arrested for a felony, that's on her record, she got a withholding of adjudication, so that means she's not a convicted felon it'll stay on her record, in order to get it off, she'd have to petition the court to have it sealed," Lawson said.
The prosecutor tells WPEC if she could have she would've forced Alicia to volunteer at an animal shelter to make her think about her crime and teach her the value of an animal's life.
The judge on this case had no comment.