Shaffer convicted of animal cruelty, animals at large charges

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn has issued a press release reporting the disposition of a recent animal cruelty and animals at large case. The sheriff reported that Christi L. Shaffer, 53, Lyndon, Kan., entered pleas of no contest to two counts of animal cruelty and one count of allowing a dangerous animal to be at large, during a hearing Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Osage County District Court.

Dunn reported that Osage County Magistrate Judge Shannon Rush sentenced Shaffer to the maximum sentence allowed for the convictions and ordered the sentences to run consecutive for a controlling sentence of 30 months in the Osage County Jail. The judge ordered Shaffer to serve 45 days in jail and suspended the balance of the sentence. Rush also ordered Shaffer to serve 36 months of probation.

Shaffer agreed to relinquish ownership of the dogs and the judge severed her ownership interest. Rush ordered that Shaffer was not to own or possess animals of any kind during the term of her probation.

Shaffer was also fined $1,100 and was ordered to pay restitution to the Osage County Sheriff in the amount of $1,222.39 for veterinary care that had been provided for the dogs.

As part of the plea agreement, Shaffer was ordered to provide information concerning the location of the dogs, because she had moved the dogs from Osage County.

Dunn reported she has been in contact with the individual in possession of the dogs.

“Fortunately, this individual appears to have provided excellent care for the dogs whose condition has greatly improved,” Dunn said in the release. “Some of the dogs have already been adopted and the remaining dogs will receive appropriate care until permanent adoptive homes are located.”

Shaffer was arrested on the charges on Oct. 16, after the sheriff’s office received complaints about wild dogs running loose in rural Lyndon.


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