Five years can seem like a long time, but is it long enough?
After she pled guilty to abandoning 15 Siberian huskies in January, Deborah L. Hosler, owner of Hosler’s Huskies in northern Michigan, was slapped with a $2,500 fine and placed on probation for five years. She’s not allowed to own or care for any animals during that time, which prevents her from operating her business, but many still feel the sentence doesn’t meet the severity of the crime.
According to the Toledo Blade, Hosler told the court she was unable to care for the dogs any longer and, not wanting to see them taken and euthanized, dropped them off in Lenawee County, Michigan. But even though she took responsibility for her actions, Hosler’s record still carried a number of previous infractions.
In 2006, Hosler was ticketed for owning an unlicensed dog, a violation she neglected to take care of until a Monroe County bench warrant was issued in 2008. Five years later, Hosler’s name came up again at Monroe County Animal Control, when an anonymous tip led investigators to find more than 20 dogs kept in unsanitary outdoor kennels.
“The outside kennels were emitting a strong odor, and it was visible that the kennels had not been cleaned for a while,” a Monroe County Animal Control report detailed.