Alyssa Morrow had left her dog Moose alone in her filthy home for a week without coming back to check on him. The scared and abandoned pup was eventually discovered when police entered the home after a neighbor's tip - rightfully, Alyssa was charged with animal cruelty immediately after they found Moose.
Not only was Moose essentially left for dead by his careless owner, but his life before that terrible week was not wonderful either. Alyssa was a hoarder and the inside of her home was not fit for life of any kind. All the loving pup knew was mess and neglect.
So Judge Cicconetti wanted Alyssa to feel exactly as Moose had his entire life!
After commenting about how scared poor Moose must have been, Judge Cicconetti went on to lash Alyssa with harsh condemnation for her actions and then doled out his strange punishment.
"Maybe you should get a little taste of that... I want you to live like Moose, and in order to do that I want you to go down to the county dump... 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 8 hours tomorrow, to think what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke."
She was going to be forced to live like Moose and experience life as he's known it, or she was going to spend the next three months incarcerated. Almost immediately, Alyssa chose to take the nasty trip to the dump.
The day after sentencing Alyssa arrived at the Lake County Solid Waste Facility to fulfill the terms of her sentence. But Alyssa explained to ABC News that she was thankful for the alternative punishment.
"I definitely didn’t think I’d be here [at a dump], but I’d rather be here than jail. I can’t complain."
While she was at the landfill, Alyssa was forced to think about poor Moose and the squalor she left him in. Hopefully, this had the lasting impact that Judge Cicconetti was aiming for!
Judge Cicconetti explains that there is a "method to his madness," so to speak. He wants to stop the progression of small-time lawbreakers into more serious criminals.
“It starts small, and it gets bigger, so my whole train of thought here is that we have to stop them or prevent them -- that conduct -- from going further at the beginning stages. They get in jail. They get smarter criminally, and as they get smarter criminally, the offenses become greater.”
If only more people treated the law like Judge Cicconetti does, the United States might be able to cut down on the enormous percentage of our population sitting in jail and prison!
Even though Moose had a rough first family, he's up for adoption and ready for the perfect forever home. If you or your family is in the Ohio area and looking for a fluffy friends, visit the Lake County Dog Shelter website for more details.
As for Alyssa, the trip to the landfill was something that will stick with her for the rest of her life. Next time she even considers harming an animal, hopefully the stench of the dump will fill her nose and she'll do the right thing instead.