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Judge: Abusive dog owner to spend Sundays in jail

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Artemis (Source: Cleveland Animal Control) Artemis (Source: Cleveland Animal Control)
Artemis' Living Conditions Before Rescue (Source: Cleveland Animal Control) Artemis' Living Conditions Before Rescue (Source: Cleveland Animal Control)
Artemis' Living Conditions Before Rescue (Source: Cleveland Animal Control) Artemis' Living Conditions Before Rescue (Source: Cleveland Animal Control)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Sentencing Wednesday morning for a Cleveland woman convicted of abusing her dog.

Dog owner Tamara Johnson must spend the next 30 Sundays in jail for animal cruelty, animal neglect and animal abuse. Also, she may not own a dog for five years.

Johnson moved and left her dog, Artemis, chained up outside in the summertime heat for months.

Artemis was emaciated and had two broken bones when rescued by Badges for Bullies. The dog's nails were so long they curled over, restricting her walking. She was treated for pneumonia following her stay at Cleveland Animal Control. Several weeks later, Artemis was diagnosed with cancer, and lived out her remaining days in a loving foster home.

Johnson claimed her boyfriend was supposed to take care of the dog when she moved out, but he didn't. Johnson faced charges because it was clear the dog had been abused long before she left.

"She (Artemis) was kept tied to a four-foot chain or on a porch surrounded by her own urine and feces," said Kennel Volunteer Julie Konopinski. "She was a baby maker for her abuser, a money maker."

This is the first time in Cleveland Municipal Court history that an animal abandonment case went to trial.

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