CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A Cumberland man convicted of abusing a dog by wrapping duct tape around its muzzle has been sentenced to work in an animal shelter.

The Cumberland Times-News reports Ricky Adams, 24, was sentenced Friday.

The judge suspended two, 90-day jail terms on the condition that Adams work 100 hours at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. Adams also was ordered to make restitution of about $1,400 to an animal hospital that treated the 10-month-old terrier.

Adams was convicted at a bench trial in November.

His attorney says Adams muzzled the dog in March to prevent it from biting. The dog was found outside the city eight days later.

Prosecutors dropped charges in September against a co-defendant, Frederick Lease, for lack of evidence.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Laurel says:

    wow what punishment….almost like putting a child molestor in a room with children…shame on the punishment….it is a disgrace!

  2. colliemom says:

    Laurel – Couldn’t agree more. The animal shelter worker/volunteers don’t want or need the responsility for watching this guy who is already know to cause pain and suffering to animals, while he is in their shelter. He may enjoy seeing the frightened animals and it may feed his behavior. Judge probably meant well, but this isn’t going to cure his lack of empathy, he’s too far gone for that. Better big fine that goes to the animal shelter, some jail time to reinforce the lesson and a ban on owning other animals.

  3. MsPhillyG says:

    I agree with both of you ladies. This will most likely make him even more hateful and he will eventually take it out on another dog or cat. He should have gotten jail, fine and a ban for never owning another animal. What a slap on the wrist!!!!!

  4. Sharon says:

    The judge needs community service for rendering a STUPID decision. What was he/she thinking. That is obviously not going to help the poor animals in the shelter. If he’s not watched, he could inflict pain to the animals while he’s doing community service…duhhh !

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