Justice for Bruiser came to fruition on Tuesday when Hamilton Municipal Court Judge Daniel Gattermeyer sentenced Elizabeth Lewis to a 90 prison sentence beginning on Friday. Lewis pleaded no contest for animal cruelty in the starvation and subsequent death of her pit bull/shepherd named Bruiser. The Facebook page, which has garnered national attention stated:
"Every single one of you put an animal abuser behind bars today! SHE WAS FOUND GUILTY! She received 90 days in jail and a $500 fine, along with 2 years probation and 2 years with no pets. Today, Bruiser received his justice!"
According to the Journal-News.com, Hamilton prosecutor Geoff Modderman told the judge:
"The dog was so malnourished there was no tissue around its bones, the dog had to be euthanized to end its suffering."
On Feb.25, Lewis, formerly of Timberhill Drive was ordered by the Butler County Deputy Dog Warden Tonya Hanson to take Bruiser to the vet for emergency treatment. The ten-month-old puppy was so weak from malnourishment he fell down the steps. Hanson stated it was the worst case of animal cruelty she had ever seen in her 15 years of working with the county.
What makes this tragedy even more disturbing is the sad history of Bruiser. In August 2012, Lewis was charged with animal cruelty citing Bruiser as being "extremely lethargic and malnourished." At the time Bruiser only weighed 17 pounds.
Lewis was found not guilty and a few months later, Bruiser was returned to her. Bruiser had been in the care of the Humane Society and had been returned to optimum health by his rescuers.
Lewis was sentenced to 180 days in jail, however the judge stayed 90 days of the jail term. Lewis is expecting a baby shortly.
Rest in peace Bruiser.
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