Crime

Former vet tech pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Jessica Little
Jessica Little Photo provided

A former veterinary technician pleaded guilty Tuesday to animal cruelty, accused of keeping dogs locked in cages in “deplorable” conditions at a Pleasant Gap house, according to a release from the Centre County District Attorney’s Office.

Jessica Little, 41, of Pennsylvania Furnace, was charged in December with nine counts of cruelty to animals after police responded to a South Harrison Road home where three dogs were confined to filthy, urine- and feces-filled cages in a dark basement with no electricity, heat or windows.

The home was in foreclosure, and Little was not living there but “stopped by occasionally to throw food in the cages,” the release said.

“These conditions were grossly unfit for any living creature and shocking to even humane officers who have seen just about everything,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said.

The dogs were treated for leg wounds, severely matted fur and dermatitis, but one died shortly after being rescued. Two cats also were living in the house.

Little will be sentenced by Centre County Judge Pamela A. Ruest on Dec. 18.

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