Fla. woman sentenced for leaving pets to die

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 17 2014 10:40:47 AM EDT
MILTON, Fla. -

A Florida Panhandle judge sentenced a woman to a year and a day in prison for leaving six starving pets in her Gulf Breeze home.

On Wednesday, 41-year-old Toni Phelps repeatedly told Judge John Simon that she didn't leave three dogs and three cats inside the home that she packed up and left after it was foreclosed in 2012. Simon wasn't sympathetic, saying Phelps was "going to jail because this is just terrible."

Prosecutors say bags of dog food were among the trash found inside the home.

The Pensacola News Journal reports neighbors called animal services multiple times, but workers weren't able to enter the home without Phelps' permission, which was denied.

A sheriff's deputy obtained a warrant to go inside after seeing a dead animal through a window.

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