You might remember the 2009 story of the Long Island mother who forced her children to participate in torturing pets to death. We’re not talking a couple of unfortunate family pets here – we’re talking dozens of dogs and cats, probably stolen from area residents. Since she never made bail from her December 2009 arrest, Sharon McDonough has been in jail all along. This week, she pleaded guilty to 13 counts of animal abuse and child endangerment. The details are too graphic to post here but suffice to say, the punishment will not fit the crimes, and I am not sure what punishment would:
McDonough faces two years on the animal cruelty charges, but only a one-year term for the child endangerment offenses because they are misdemeanors, prosecutors said.
With time served, Ms. McDonough is expected to be out in a couple of months. Prosecutors will seek an order of protection at sentencing to prevent the mother from contacting her seven children. The article does not mention if she will be legally prevented from owning pets again.
Ms. McDonough’s defense attorney supposes she will not win any popularity contests within the community once she returns. I can imagine it would be nearly impossible for a notorious animal abuser to remake her image with the public. Maybe her handlers can strike up a deal with HSUS and get things turned around for her.