If you haven’t heard about Judge Michael Ciccinetti from Painesville, Ohio, then you should. The whole world needs more judges like him. Maybe then we won’t have so many repeat offenders. What’s so special about Judge Michael Ciccinetti? The creative sentences that he hands out to animal abusers.
Judge Michael Ciccinetti likes to teach offenders valuable lessons with their sentences. Especially to animal abusers.
Sentences Judge Michael Ciccinetti has handed out to animal abusers:
For a woman who was arrested for making her dog live in filth: She was sentenced to spending a full eight hours at the county dump/landfill. She was to spend the time thinking about what she did to her poor dog while she sat there all day. How fitting is that?
“I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill, and I want them to find the stinkiest, smelliest, God-awful odor place they can find in that dump and I want you to sit there for eight hours tomorrow, to think about what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke.” Judge Michael Ciccinetti
For another woman who dumped 35 small kittens alone in the woods: She was sentenced to spend a night alone in the snowy wilderness herself. She also got jail time and a fine.
“How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes … listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?” Judge Michael Ciccinetti
How fitting are these punishments for animal abusers?
He would also like to have mandatory courses and mental evaluations for animal abusers. Such as they have for child neglecters and drunk drivers. Due to the fact that not all animal abuse is malicious in intent. A lot of times it’s just ignorance and, in my opinion, lack of common sense.
To read more about Judge Michael Ciccinetti check here. He’s definitely someone for the animal rescue world to look up to! Hopefully, more judges will take a page from his book and start getting creative with their sentencing too!