Plea Entered in Animal Abuse Case

A heartland woman is facing jail time and probation after entering a No Contest plea to a charge of animal abuse.

The case focuses on Blinkin, a puppy who was taken into care but later turned back over to the rescue group the dog came from. Blinkin was a Retriever/Aussie mix who was deaf and lived just one year.

Kaitlyn Spikes, 27, pleaded No Contest to the abuse charge.

Outside of courtroom 27 Monday, members of the Hands, Hearts and Paws rescue group embraced after Spikes, a former volunteer, entered the plea.

Sue Lefever, with Hands, Hearts & Paws said, "Kaitlyn talks a good talk. She can let you think that she knows exactly what she is doing. She refuses to admit guilt for anything; it is amazing, that she admitted today."

It's a story that started at the beginning of last year when Spikes took Blink into her care. By January 2014, the dog was turned back to the rescue group.

Debbie David, with Hands, Hearts & Paws said, "She cared for him and then surrendered him back to us very ill, neglected to take him to the vet, nothing."

Sue Lefever took care of Blinkin right away that Monday. Reports were that he wasn't eating, was covered in fleas and was starving.

By Tuesday morning, Blink was in surgery. Doctors removed a wad of embroidery threats from his stomach and intestines. Blinkin recovered briefly from the surgery but died on Friday, January 31st.

Spikes was ordered to serve two-years of probation and 10 days at the county jail.

Part of the sentencing Monday included provision that the Nebraska Humane Society will conduct surprise inspections of Spikes' home. She's not allowed to own a pet for two years.

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