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Cd'A man sentenced in animal cruelty case

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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A Coeur d'Alene man who seriously injured his ex-girlfriend's pet miniature schnauzer last summer will spend at least 30 days in jail.

Michael Dobler, 27, was sentenced by Judge Penny Friedlander on Monday in Kootenai County court on a charge of criminal misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Dobler entered an Alford plea last month, not admitting guilt, but agreeing that if the case were to go to trial, he could be convicted based on the state's evidence.

"I would hope that the sentence the judge gave him will prevent other people from harming defenseless animals, and reinforce why animal cruelty needs to be reported to law enforcement," said Jim Reierson, the Kootenai County deputy prosecuting attorney who handled the case.

Friedlander sentenced Dobler to two years of supervised misdemeanor probation and 180 days in jail with 120 days suspended. Dobler will spend 30 days behind bars beginning Dec. 16. Friedlander ordered an additional 30 days of jail time to be used at the discretion of the probation department. She could order Dobler to serve the entire sentence if he returns to court and a probation violation is proven.

Dobler was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service, undergo a full mental evaluation and complete any recommended treatment. He was also handed a $4,000 fine with $3,000 of it suspended.

The maximum punishment possible was six months in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

The little dog at the center of the case is named Shaylee, a 3-year-old female mini-schnauzer that weighs about 13 pounds. Its owner, a Coeur d'Alene woman who was dating Dobler, had raised the dog from the time it was a pup.

Last summer, Dobler offered to walk the dog while its owner was at work and out running errands.

Dobler returned Shaylee on June 20 with a seemingly minor eye irritation that the owner thought may have been related to a recent grooming.

Within a week, Dobler took the dog out again. When he returned to the apartment with Shaylee, he was supposed to call the owner to let her know they were back. Dobler never called, so the woman went to her apartment where she encountered Dobler as he was attempting to leave her apartment after placing the animal on her bed. She found the animal in distress, with its little collar cinched tight around its neck. The animal was having trouble breathing, had blood on its belly and scraped paws and legs. It had defecated on the bed, and the owner saw a reddish tinge of blood on its other eye.

After Dobler left, the victim took the dog to the veterinarian, Dr. Annie Bowes of Emergency Pet Care on Seltice Way in Post Falls. Bowes testified at the sentencing.

The veterinarian examined the dog and took an ultrasound. She found the animal's spleen was injured and there were multiple abrasions on the dog's elbows, hind legs and paws.

"Her testimony was that it was not an accident, that it was consistent with violent, blunt force trauma," Reierson said.

The victim then reported the incident to police.

Reierson said he asked the veterinarian in court on Monday whether the injury to the animal's spleen could have been caused by someone kicking the little dog while it was on the ground.

"She said it's possible," Reierson said.

The veterinarian's opinion, he said, was that Shaylee's abrasions and the scrapes on its paws and the bony areas of its "elbows" and legs were consistent with the types of injuries seen when an animal has been dragged behind a vehicle.

Dobler testified on his own behalf. Reierson said Dobler claimed he didn't know how the dog's injuries occurred, but that he knew it "happened on his watch." Dobler never admitted to harming the dog.

"The judge seemed to be very troubled with what she heard when he was testifying," Reierson said.

The little dog was very bonded to its owner, he said.

It's not uncommon, Reierson said, for animal abuse to occur in domestic or dating violence situations.

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  • RedHot posted at 11:43 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2012.

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  • CaiusCosades posted at 8:09 pm on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 380

    You do realize that just because you can say radical and cryptic ramblings doesn't mean you're intelligent right?

  • BoxcarBill posted at 2:56 pm on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    Ha ha ha! Thanks for the deep belly roll commenters.
    Enjoy your little microcosm called America, which currently exists at the expense of the rest of the world.

    When the economy finally tanks you'll be grateful for dogs because you'll be eating them to delay your ascent to be with the Almighty.

  • BoxcarBill posted at 2:47 pm on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    need of rest sure beats permanent blinders

  • BoxcarBill posted at 2:45 pm on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    ... what planet are you on? Or has your heavenly hope blinded you to ALL reality?
    I'll bet you vote every chance you get too.

  • skunkworks posted at 2:05 pm on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    Anyone who harms Someone's Pet is a Coward and a Poor Excuse for a Human Being.....He should have been given the Maximum Sentence...

  • Cavallo Nero posted at 1:22 pm on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    Cavallo Nero Posts: 4

    The legislature (in particular the entire Idaho Senate) passed an animal cruelty law that prevents serious punishment dealt out to those guilty of animal abuse, so I suspect the Judge did all she could. I also believe that it was only because the owner of the dog filed a complaint or charge with the Police that forced the hand of the law, is what actually brought this creep to some sort of justice.

    I promise you you will not be reading too many stories like this and probably none if the owner of an animal abuses their own pet.

    Fifty thousand people signed to place serious penalty charges on the mambypamby misdemeanor rules for animal cruelty and the Ag. Committee in the Senate snuck in a sucker punch that knocked any chance of getting it done right out of the ring.

  • ancientemplar posted at 8:07 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1268

    'Ol Penny seems like an awfully timid judge.

  • CaiusCosades posted at 7:39 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 380

    what are you talking about "systematically murders innocent women and children"??????

  • concernedcitizen posted at 6:03 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    Sounds like this guy needs treated the way he treated the dog.

  • crust123 posted at 5:16 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    crust123 Posts: 204

    boxcar, you need to get some sleep, youre obviously tired up at 2 am.. you take a senseless article about a senseless crime and a just punishment and you want to make it about the govt murdering women and children, apathy and going to heaven. get some rest bud. i think you were responding to another article the fiscal cliff maybe...

  • BoxcarBill posted at 2:12 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2012.

    BoxcarBill Posts: 1074

    Congratulations, we give those guilty of animal cruelty jail time while supporting a government that systematically murders innocent women and children in the name of profit and greed.
    Don't let it bother you though, for you know you're going to heaven.

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