LEWISTON, Maine — An Auburn woman changed her plea to guilty on one count of animal cruelty.
Sarah Vye admits she abandoned her dog at an animal shelter in Lewiston this winter. The Labrador retriever mix named Abby was later hit by a car and died.
By pleading guilty to one count of animal cruelty Monday, Vye avoids jail time, but there are conditions she must follow.
She i nitially pleaded not guilty in April but changed her plea during a conference hearing Monday morning.
She was given a 90-day suspended jail sentence with one year of probation, which means she won’t serve time unless she violates probation or the terms of the plea agreement.
Vye isn’t allowed to own a pet in the future and will be subject to random checks.
The case gained a lot of attention after the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society posted surveillance video showing Vye leaving her dog outside before the shelter was open.
A day after the dog was found dead, Vye called a Portland radio station, claiming she dropped the dog off to protect her children.
In addition to all the other terms of the plea agreement, Vye will have to pay a $500 fine.