Judge Michael Cicconetti, of the Painesville Municipal Court in Ohio, has a unique way of dealing with criminals in his town. They can do jail time, or let the judge find a punishment that fits the crime.
Recently, he was dealing with a woman, Alyssa Morrow, who had left her dog, Moose, trapped in a dirty, “hoarder-style” house and left him there to starve for a week before he was rescued.
Judge Cicconetti is a dog lover, and he was not happy with the way Alyssa treated her dog.
“I’m gonna vomit reading the report,” the judge said.
He said, “You know I can’t interpret the feelings of a dog, but boy if dogs could tell you how they felt –“
Alyssa responded, “Abandoned?”
And then the judge responded,
“Oh yeah, and scared and frightened and sick. Maybe you should get a little taste of that, but I’m going to let you have a choice here, and the choice is I want you to live like Moose, and in order to do that I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill, and I want them to find the stinkiest, smelliest, god-awful odor place they can find in that dump and I want you to sit there for eight hours tomorrow, to think what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke.”
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