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Dog's former owner rejects plea deal in cruelty case

LARGO — The woman accused of wrapping a rubber band tightly around a dog's snout could resolve her case if she pleads guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty and agrees to serve 30 days in jail, followed by 11 months of probation.

During a Monday court hearing, Assistant State Attorney Kaitlyn Bagnato also said the state was seeking 50 hours of community service and a ban on pet ownership for Tieesha Cogdell. Also, Cogdell would have to pay restitution costs that have yet to be determined.

But Cogdell, 32, did not accept that offer from prosecutors during Monday's hearing.

Another pre-trial hearing has been set for May 1.

Sox, a Yorkshire terrier-poodle mix, was taken from Cogdell's home in December after investigators with SPCA Tampa Bay found his mouth clamped shut.

The rubber band kept him from eating and had ripped through the skin and muscle around his muzzle. It had bored a hole through the top of his snout, where the constant pressure had eaten away at weaker bones.

Sox was adopted last month by another pet owner, in Largo.

Editor's note

This story has been changed to reflect the following correction: A May 1 pre-trial hearing has been set for Tieesha Cogdell, who is facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge in the case of a dog whose snout was wrapped tightly with a rubber band. A story Tuesday incorrectly stated that May 1 was the trial date.

Dog's former owner rejects plea deal in cruelty case 03/26/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 6:28pm]
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