Former vet tech sentenced in animal cruelty case


A Pennsylvania Furnace woman was sentenced to one to five years of house arrest by Judge Pamela Ruest on Thursday for animal cruelty, according to a press release from the Centre County District Attorney’s Office.

Jessica Little, 42, entered an open plea to three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and six summary counts of the same charge in Ocober, according to the release.

Police responded to a home in Pleasant Gap in December 2013 and found four dogs and two cats living in their own waste and needing veterinary care, according to the release. Little, who had worked as a veterinary technician, made the animals stay in cages in the basement for extended periods of time, according to the release.

The commonwealth sought jail time for Little, according to the release.

“The defendant essentially encased these pets in a dark, cold, foreclosed home of horrors where they suffered for months without the light of day,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release. “The lack of humanity she showed for their basic needs and existence was appalling to everyone involved.”