Pleads to Misdemeanor
UPDATE 10/24/08: Diana Tetrault pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of unnecessary cruelty to animals. Tetrault must serve 11 months of probation and pay $1,000 for muzzling her two pit bull dogs with tape and leaving them without food or water while she went to the hospital to give birth. A judge ordered her to continue mental health counseling.
Many owners of dogs that attack human beings receive no penalty at all.
10/07/08: Pit Bull Owner Gives Birth, Gets Charged
Johnston, RI - In what may be a pit bull's worst nightmare -- the dog's owner -- yet another abuse story unfolds. It appears the dogs' owner, Diana Tetrault, 20, taped their mouths shut and left them alone in her apartment while she went to the hospital and gave birth. This is the type of thing you can't make up. One only hopes she does not think a similar remedy of "electrical tape over the mouth" is appropriate for a newborn crying baby.
"Instead of celebrating the birth of her son, a Johnston woman is dealing with legal troubles. According to police, Diana Tetrault, 20, muzzled her two pit bulls with tape and left them in her apartment without food or water last week. Neighbors called animal control after they heard the dogs whimpering inside the apartment, said Johnston Police Major Ralph Bubar, III. They told officers they hadn't seen anyone visit Tetrault's Osgood Ave. apartment for two days. When officers got inside, Bubar said they found both animals in emaciated condition and with wounds from the electrical tape that was wrapped around their snouts. Tetrault is charged with two counts of animal cruelty and is schedule to appear in District Court in Warwick Wednesday morning."
06/09/08: Toddler Mauled by Family Pit Bull-Mix, Mom Skips Hospital
04/08/08: Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty After Hanging Pit Bull