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Cat neglect trial in D.C. delayed till April

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The February trial of a Washington, D.C., woman charged with failing to seek veterinary care for her ailing cat has been postponed until April due to snow, D.C. Superior Court indicated Feb. 14.

Donna Daymude of Brandywine Place SW was originally scheduled to face a non-jury trial on the animal cruelty charge on Feb. 13, but heavy snow shut down the court that day. With more snow having fallen overnight, the court opened late on Feb. 14 and moved the trial to April 1, court records show.

The Washington Humane Society (WHS), which handles animal control for the city, 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.

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