June 24, 2018
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St. George woman gets suspended sentence for dog cruelty case

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A St. George woman received a suspended jail term Thursday after pleading guilty to an animal cruelty charge after her boyfriend shot a dog that had defecated in their home.

Holly Jean Thibodeau, 42, pleaded guilty in Rockland District Court to cruelty to animals and unlawful possession of drugs. Judge Susan Sparaco accepted a sentence agreement reached between the district attorney’s office and defense attorney in which Thibodeau would receive a 45-day suspended jail term.

She will be required to undergo substance abuse counseling and psychological counseling at the recommendation of her probation officer.

She also was ordered to pay restitution of $323 to the town of St. George for animal control services but her attorney Eric “Rick” Morse pointed out that the co-defendant in the case — Eric T. Lugar, 37, of St. George — had already paid the restitution.

Lugar was sentenced on May 21 to 364 days in jail with all but 60 days suspended for the animal cruelty charge. Lugar shot the dog after it defecated on the floor, according to the police report filed in court by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The department had received a report that Lugar had bragged to someone about shooting the dog.

Thibodeau was charged because she failed to get treatment for the dog.

The mixed-breed dog, Scooter, was shot April 15 above its left eye and the bullet penetrated through the dog’s mouth and jaw. The canine was taken to a veterinarian and has since recovered and found a new home.

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