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Cat neglect case in D.C. gets trial date

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Update: The trial has been delayed a day, to Feb. 14, due to snow.

A February trial has been scheduled for a Washington, D.C., woman charged with animal cruelty for failing to seek veterinary care for her ailing cat.

With no plea agreement having been reached with prosecutors, Donna Daymude of Brandywine Place SW is now set to face a non-jury trial in D.C. Superior Court on Feb. 13, according to court records and the Washington Humane Society (WHS), which handles animal control for the city.

WHS alleges that when Daymude turned over her brown tabby, Lil Bits, to a local shelter, the animal’s “uterus was distended to at least 10 times the size of a normal feline uterus, and the infection was the result of weeks, if not months, of neglect to seek medical care.” The cat had to be euthanized, according to WHS.

Daymude was arrested in November and pled “not guilty.” If convicted, she faces a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a $250 fine. Her attorney, Russell Bikoff, declined to comment on the case.

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