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D.C. cat owner cleared of animal cruelty charge

Lil Bits.
Lil Bits.
Washington Humane Society

A Washington, D.C., woman charged with animal cruelty for not seeking veterinary care for her ailing cat was found not guilty April 1 in D.C. Superior Court.

Judge Yvonne Williams ruled that the cat's owner, Donna Daymude of Brandywine Place SW, had not acted with malice, according to ChristieLyn Diller, a spokeswoman for the Washington Humane Society (WHS), which handles animal control for the city.

WHS alleged 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.

“Unfortunately, Donna Daymude was found not guilty of animal cruelty,” Diller told “We are disappointed with the ruling and that there is no justice for Lil Bits, who suffered painfully for the last few months of life.”

Daymude and her attorney, Russell Bikoff, declined to comment on the ruling.

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