It is incredible how so many people like to abuse animals or abuse them without even realizing it. Most people will agree that animals shouldn’t be treated with cruelty. Or the rest of them, we sure hope they will end up in front of a judge like Michael Cicconetti of Painesville, Ohio.
This now retired judge had a habit of giving out sentences to animal abusers that would literally give them a taste of their own medicine. He thought that the lesson would be better memorized.
It is important to point out the fact that the judge never gave out a sentence that was dangerous or illegal. He intended to teach people not to be complete jerks.
What exactly were these sentences?
In one case, a woman dumped 35 kittens in the woods. He condemned her to spend a night in the forest. Here’s what he said to her during sentencing: “How would you like to be dumped off at a metro park late at night, spend the night listening to the coyotes, listening to the raccoons around you in the dark night, and sit out there in the cold not knowing where you’re going to get your next meal, not knowing when you are going to be rescued?”
The judge sentenced a woman whose dog was living in appalling conditions to spend a day at the local dump. “I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill, and I want them to find the stinkiest, smelliest, God-awful odor place they can find in that dump and I want you to sit there for eight hours tomorrow, to think about what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke.”
Judge Cicconetti started giving these kinds of sentences after he realized that jail time doesn’t really teach offenders a lesson and only leads to crime repeating. He tries to make the punishment fit the crime.
The judge adores animals. Currently, he owns a 10-year-old Bernese mountain dog named Kasey.
-A man who was arrested for child abuse had to go to a school in a dog costume and talk about child well-being.
-Through heavy snowstorms, he instructed defendants to clear snow at a retirement home.
-A man arrested with a loaded gun had to go to the morgue to look at the corpses.
-A young guy who stole a bicycle had to ride a bike in support of a local charity for the next ten days.
-A man who shot a dog was instructed to donate 40 lbs of dog food on every public holiday to the Lake County Animal Shelter.
-Two teens who wrote 666 on a nativity figure of Jesus had to walk a donkey across the streets, with a sign saying: “Sorry for the jackass offense, but he is soooo cute!”
-Teens who deflated tires on school buses were sentenced to throw a picnic for the primary school children whose field trip was canceled because of the prank.
-A man who was arrested for a traffic violation during which he shouted “pigs” at police officers was sentenced to stay on the street with a 350-pound pig and a sign that said, “This is not a police officer.”
-A teenage male who stole pornography from an adult book store was sentenced to sit outside the store with a blindfold and holding a sign that read, “See no evil.”
-Three grown men soliciting sex were ordered to wear chicken costumes while holding signs that say “No Chicken Ranch in Painesville.”
-In January 2008, Cicconetti punished a man who stole a red collection kettle with about $250 from the Salvation Army to spend a whole day homeless.
-A woman who was found guilty of stealing from a church was sentenced to spell out “I stole coins from this church” entirely in coins and make an apology to each worshipper as they got into the church.
-A woman who didn’t pay a cab fare was instructed to walk 30 miles in 48 hours. That was the distance she rode in a taxi before skipping out.
-A woman who used a pepper spray on a man was offered the choice to spend 30 days in jail or do three days of community service and be sprayed herself with pepper spray. After agreeing to the pepper spray, she was sprayed and realized it was only water.
-A nanny convicted of hitting a boy with a belt was required to read articles on the effects of child abuse and then talk about them in the courtroom in front of the judge, the victim’s mother, and the audience.