Pensacola, Florida (PNJ) -- A Pensacola woman has been convicted of animal cruelty after duct-taping the injured eye of her dog, prosecutors said today.
Mechele Potter, 46, was convicted by a Escambia County jury Tuesday, according to the State Attorney's Office.
the verdict, Judge Thomas E. Johnson sentenced Potter to 300 days in
the Escambia County Jail together with fines and costs.
charges stem from September 18, 2012, when Potter called animal control
to report a stray dog in her yard with duct tape on its head, a release
from State Attorney's Office states. The dog, however, actually
belonged to Potter.
Potter had put the duct tape around the
dog's head and over its eye to act as an eye patch, but failed to seek
immediate medical attention, according to prosecutors. When animal
control picked up the dog, they removed the tape from the dog's head and
found the dog's eye was red, swollen and protruding from its socket. As
a result, the dog's eye had to be removed.
testified that she tried everything she could before calling animal
control, which consisted of using the duct tape and calling some vets.
Her husband also testified, stating that he told her to lie to animal
control about owning the dog, and that he helped her put the tape on the
dog's head, according to the release.
While the cause of
the injury was unknown, the injury was made worse by Potter's failure to
seek medical attention, according to the State Attorney's Office.
The dog has been adopted by a family in Mobile, according to the State Attorney's Office.