A 30-year-old veterinary technician was recently handed a 90-day jail sentence and two years' probation for animal cruelty.
Stephanie Koehler of Omaha, Neb., was found guilty of charges stemming from a 2011 investigation after her landlord found
a dead dog and two emaciated cats in her home.
Officials were notified after Koehler's landlord entered the property when neighbors complained of an unkempt yard and swarms
of flies around the windows. Upon entering the home, the landlord found a deceased rottweiler and two emaciated cats and alerted
the Nebraska Humane Society for assistance. According to court documents, Koehler told an investigator with the humane society
that it had been nearly two weeks since she fed the cats. She also stated that she didn't remove the cats from the home when
the dog died because she didn't have a place for them.
Mark Langan, vice president of the Nebraska Humane Society, was pleased with the court's ruling. "We investigate a lot of
cases, but this one really stood out," he says. "The jail sentence was very appropriate, because this dog died a very painful
death. We hope this serves as a wake-up call for her."