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February 20, 2013

Woman who kicked puppy sentenced


“Because of my concern of her behavior, it leads me to question how she would behave if faced with the care of children,” the judge said.

“She is not to be left alone with a child under 16. The literature says those who abuse animals will also (can) abuse children.”

French was fined $1,000, assessed a $300 court surcharge and a $25 crime-victim fee and must supply a sample of her DNA and pay the $50 filing fee.

She is to report back for a compliance hearing on Aug. 26.


French admitted in December that she had been drinking and was upset when her boyfriend did not come home one night in late July.

She attempted to leave their apartment, but her boyfriend’s 7-month-old puppy, Barkley, tried to follow her.

French later told Malone Village Police she kicked the puppy to get him out of the doorway and back inside.

Barkley was in pain for the next few days but was not taken to a veterinarian until the police were called in and the Animal Shelter personnel had him examined by Dr. Stu Stevens.

X-rays revealed the puppy had suffered a broken right femur, tibia and fibula and damage to his left leg that has disrupted his growth cycle. He will have trouble walking and running like other dogs, and one of his ears will never stand up straight.

Barkley’s plight was posted on the shelter’s Facebook account in July, and an outpouring of support and financial contributions came in from all over the country that paid for the operation to correct his legs.

He is now living with a family in Lake Placid.

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