Friday, December 9, 2016

Ohio: Erica Petro, who says she's homeless, left 3 kittens to cook to death in her car

Update to storyErica Petro sentenced to Mentor Municipal Court’s Mental Health Court for kitten cruelty case


OHIO -- Goddard’s Law made certain animal cruelty crimes felonies. Erica Petro was charged with felonies, then is allowed to plead to misdemeanors. 

The first person in Lake County to be charged under a new law that makes certain animal-cruelty cases felony offenses has had her charges reduced to misdemeanors.


Erica Petro, a 32-year-old homeless woman, was arrested Sept. 23 after Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies received an anonymous 911 call to check on three kittens left inside a white Kia Spectra parked at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church on Johnnycake Ridge Road in Concord Township.

Deputy Donovan Buchs and Sheriff’s Lt. Todd MenMuir got to the scene 8 minutes after receiving the call and found the locked car parked in the 82-degree heat with all the windows up and no people inside.

They saw a small animal cage propped up on the passenger seat. There were three flea-infested kittens inside the cage and all of them were exposed to the sunlight. They appeared to be suffering seizures as they were foaming at the mouth and twitching.


The car was locked and deputies were required to force their way into the car to help the kittens.

The inside of the car was extremely hot (a video clip says the temperature was in the 80s and inside the car it was over 100 degrees). They removed the animals from sun exposure and poured bottles of water over them to cool them down.

Two of the kittens responded to the aid as their body temperatures started dropping, but the other one wasn't responding.

In a video clip, they described the third kitten as "screaming and crying and flopping around having seizures". 

Deputies called Caroline's Kids, an animal rescue service, for assistance.  The kittens, which were in critical condition, were taken to Lake Animal Hospital in Painesville for medical treatment.

Two of the three-month-old kittens survived, but the third kitten couldn't stop having seizures and didn't recover at the vet's office and died.

 
 
The two surviving kittens. The third kitten died a horrific
death of being cooked to death from the inside out
at the hands of ERICA PETRO


ERICA PETRO ORIGINALLY CHARGED WITH FELONIES
Petro told deputies when she was arrested at the scene that she was having trouble "attending to her own needs". She also said she was seeking help at the church and didn’t know she was putting the kittens in harm’s way.

Petro originally was charged with three felony animal cruelty counts under Ohio House Bill 60, also known as Goddard’s Law, which went into effect Sept. 13.

She pleaded guilty Dec. 5 to three misdemeanor cruelty to companion animals charges in Lake County Common Pleas Court. Each count is a second-degree misdemeanor, which carry a maximum penalty of up to 90 days in jail.

Petro, who is being represented by the county Public Defender’s Office, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 9 by Judge Richard L. Collins Jr.


Lake County Prosecutor Charles Coulson said a pre-sentence report has been ordered in the case. He added that it would be premature to comment further before sentencing.

Petro remains free after posting 10 percent of a $5,000 bond.

What is it like to be locked inside a hot car? 



(News Herald - Dec 7, 2016)

14 comments:

  1. Here is an update for you, in case you were curious. At least she will get the mental help she needs, if nothing else though I personally would have preferred jail time for her.

    http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20170109/woman-sentenced-to-mentor-municipal-courts-mental-health-court-for-kitten-cruelty-case

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    1. Thanks, I just saw your post. I'll get it added.

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  2. I would have preferred jail time, and the charges stayed as a felony as opposed to pleading it down. I do know this individual, and she is mentally unstable. She has made false rape charges against people, false abuse charges, and stalked numerous individuals. Of course, law enforcement will not do anything about it. She needs help.

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    1. Jena maxi bitch shut that thief ass face up of yours you ugly fat pig bitch

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  3. FUNNY HOW PEOPLE CHOOSE TO BELIEVE THINGS THAT ARE NOT TRUE THE WHAT THE TRUTH REALLY IS
    ..FUCK EACH AND EVERY DAMN ONE OF YOU THAT HAVE TALKED BAD BOUT ME YOU DONT KNOW THE FULL TRUTH N STORY THEN SHUT THE DAMN WHOLE IN YOUR FACE

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  4. Erica you need to grow up and get the help you need. You do make false claims against many people. You do stalk people. You lie about people and try to make their lives as miserable as your life is. Why don't you leave people alone and get on with your own life? The judge gave you a blessing when he sent you to mental health court instead of actual jail. You really should be aware that the crap you are pulling will be sent on to Judge Trebetts so that he can see that you are not doing what you are supposed to for the courts. Do you not know that this kind of behavior can get you more trouble. You are not that smart at covering your tracks. And for the record, no one really cares about you. Just for the poor animals you abused. And don't go on and on about how people have abused you. That would never give you the right to do what you did.

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    1. Its people like you who are not welcome in my life.im also well loved and supported by several. So yah get a life n fuck off

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    2. All of you talking shit bout me need to shut the fuck up n leave me the bell alone

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    3. Wow. Silver strike u are a drama bitch and yes u need to grow the fuck up. Glad im no longer friends with u. U knew damn well kittens were in danger u stupid fucking cunt.

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  5. Sunnylane you dont know shit bout me so do everyone a huge favor n fuck off.

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    1. SERIOUSLY grow the fuck up n get a fuckin life you low life loser

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  6. SERIOUSLY ALL OF YOU ARE THE ONES WHO NEED TO GROW THE FUCK UP AND SERIOUSLY YOU ALL NEED TO GET A LIFE.ALL OF YOU MUST LEAD PRETTY LOW LIVES HAVIN NOTHING ELSE BETTER TO DUE THEN SIT AROUND ON YOUR LOSER COMPUTERS AND MAKE FUN OF SOMEONE SERIOUSLY GROW THE FUCK UP AND IF ANYTHING MORE I CONCIDER ALL OF YOU STALKING ME RIGHT NOW!! GROW THE FUCK UP ALL OF YOU!! I ALSO HAVE A HELL OF ALOT MORE BETTER THINGS TO DUE IN MY LIFE THEN WORRY MYSELF TO DEATH ABOUT ALL OF YOU ASSHOLES OUT THERE TALKIN SHIT ABOUT ME..LOW LIFE LOSERS!!

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  7. Its people like all of you that make fun out of other people for mistakes they make that are really the sick ones with low lives as well you all are also the type of people who are not welcome in my life.

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