Woman sentenced for animal cruelty
By MARLO BARNHART
An Allegany County, Md., woman convicted of animal cruelty for allowing nine cats to die in her Security Road garage in 1999 was sentenced Tuesday in Washington County District Court to perform 50 hours of community service at an animal shelter.
Denise Tweedale, 49, now of Cumberland, was also forbidden by Judge Ralph France to have any pets in any home in which she resides for the next two years.
Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Michele Flores pushed for that sanction because, she said, Tweedale now has three cats and four dogs.