In Boca RATon, Florida, it’s fine to leave your cats alone until they exhaust their ninth life trying to claw through the walls seeking food and water.
That’s exactly what 27-year-old special needs teacher Allison Dinsmore just proved, claiming she “lost track of time” and completely forgot she had two cats. She apparently was so terrified of her ex-boyfriend stalking her, she was afraid to return to her apartment.
But she continued to go to work every day and, it’s assumed, competently teach special needs kids.
A 6-moron jury found her NOT GUILTY of 2 felony animal cruelty charges that could have earned her 20 years in prison.
I think her cats Gizzy and Speedo would have reached a different verdict. Their little corpses were so badly emaciated and dried out when the landlord finally found them, that the coroner said he couldn’t perform the usual tests on them.
Dinsmore’s father testified that he’d have been happy to go over and feed the cats, but Allison NEVER ASKED HIM — nor anybody else.
Now Dinsmore’s father is on the warpath, saying he plans to go after the media and state attorney’s office for all his little girl’s pain and suffering. He seems to think slowly murdering 2 innocent animals by neglect is a little slap-on-the-wrist boo-boo.
At least the school where Dinsmore worked had the guts to fire her, but now she’s back in college studying pediatric physical therapy.
This is the kind of case that makes our kitty blood boil. Dinsmore is free to perhaps adopt replacement cats and find herself another psycho boyfriend. The first crazy guy who allegedly caused all the trouble seems to still be on the loose.
And 2 cats whose only mistake was trusting a self-absorbed, irresponsible woman with their lives are DEAD.
UPDATE: Florida is an all-round bad place to be a cat. Tyler Weinman, that smirking teenager facing 21 felony counts for butchering pet cats in the Miami-Dade area (2 more were recently added to the original 19), has yet to stand trial. The Dinsmore case should make him feel optimistic about beating the raps. He’s back in court on May 5.