NO JAIL TIME FOR THE SUFFERING AND DEATH SHE INFLICTED ON THESE ANIMALS
Kanawha County Magistrate Joe Shelton also ordered the woman to pay a $300 fine and to complete 20 hours of community service within six months. If she doesn’t complete the community service, Gourevitch will be sent to jail for six months.
Members of the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association assisted police in their investigation.
The landlord at Gourevitch’s Wyoming Street apartment went to the property on March 9 to address a broken window, but found a dead cat near the front door.
Upon opening the refrigerator, the landlord reportedly noticed a paw sticking out of a black trash bag. Another bag sat in the freezer.
An examination of the cats determined they died of starvation.
As part of the deal Gourevitch made with prosecutors she agreed not to own or reside with any animals for five years. She also must provide proof to the court that she will attend psychiatric counseling, court documents show.
The complaint said on March 9 a landlord went to check on one of his rental properties on Wyoming Street because the front door had been shattered. He said he noticed a smell was coming from the kitchen.
When he opened the refrigerator, he saw what appeared to be a cat’s paw sticking out of a trash bag. He opened the freezer and there was another trash bag.
The apartment was in bad shape - with cat feces and clothes scattered everywhere - and it appeared the apartment had not been occupied for a long time, police said.
(WV Gazette Mail - April 3, 2017)