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Posted at 7:37 AM ET, 11/26/2010

Jail for 2 after dog's death in Md.

By The Daily Times of Salisbury

A Berlin, Md., couple face jail time for locking their dogs in a hot SUV parked at a Salisbury mall over the summer.

Thirty-six-year-old Shannon Mecall Hussain and her fiance, 45-year-old Kirt Barren Greenberg, were convicted on 18 counts of animal cruelty last week.

Greenberg was sentenced to nine months in jail. Hussain was ordered to serve 90 days.

Greenberg and Hussain were taken into custody in August after police used a baton to free six dogs locked in the couple's Dodge Durango at The Centre at Salisbury.

An officer administered CPR twice to one of the dogs, but the dog did not survive. The remaining dogs were taken to the Wicomico County Humane Society where executive director Linda Lugo says two have been adopted.

By The Daily Times of Salisbury  | November 26, 2010; 7:37 AM ET
Categories:  Animal Stories, Maryland  
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The level of stupidity involved in this is just mind boggling, as is the nine months and 90 days handed down - what a joke. I hope the court considered any children these two may have currently or in the future. If ever there was a situation that called for tattooing someone's forehead with "No breeding allowed" this would be it.

Posted by: ChrisnDC9 | November 26, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

9 months jail time? 18 counts of cruelty with only 6 dogs?? Utterly ridiculous!!

Posted by: Joe_H | November 26, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Disappointing, but at least they did get some time. Penalties need to be much more harsh o get peoples attention.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 26, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

There's nothing "utterly ridiculous" about the outcome of this case. Maryland's cruelty law, like that in every state in the country, makes harming a dog a separate crime from killing one. It's not uncommon to charge multiple counts for each dead animal. One for the suffering that occurred prior to death, one for the death, and one for violating a separate law that makes it a crime to keep animals in a hot car. Nine months is a perfectly appropriate sentence on these facts.

Posted by: VirginiaDad | November 26, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

If a person will leave numerous dogs in a hot vehicle they most certainly wouldleave a small child the same way...

Dumbness has no limits...

Posted by: pentagon40 | November 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Most criminal sentences run simultaneously -- not consecutively. As another person pointed out, animal cruelty might not include causing death to the animal -- which is a separate offense. This is about the amount of time someone would serve for assaulting a human.

Posted by: darrren12000 | November 27, 2010 3:56 AM | Report abuse

YES this is UTTERLY RIDICULOUS !! When will White people understand that they are animals and albeit noone should go around purposely hurting anything.....THEY ARE ANIMALS

I just can not understand WHY White people love animals so much

from the old white lay with 100 cats to watching a dog lick them in the mouth.....I just dont get it.....

just my opinion

Posted by: wendy_lewis2 | November 28, 2010 3:25 AM | Report abuse

Did I read someone compare a child to a dog? Tattoo "No Breeding Allowed" on their forhead.

UTTERLY RIDICULOUS, I agree. Let me try to help, in the mountains of Russia and Germany you will find grave sites with human and dogs remains, they depended on them for their survival. (WEAK) I hoped I helped. Nevertheless, the relationship is just NASTY. I can go on & on with example, but you know what I mean.

Posted by: campbell2726 | November 28, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

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