What does it take to make a good judge? There’s obviously years and years of school and work experience that go into it, along with a supreme knowledge of the law and the people in his district. But maybe there’s something more, something intangible. Sometimes judges need a type of wisdom that can’t be found in a textbook. When a judge displays this kind of decision making, it can truly change the hearts and minds of citizens.
Judge Cicconetti of Painesville, Ohio is one of these kind of judges. He recently was face to face in a courtroom with Alyssa Morrow, who had pleaded guilty of animal abuse. Alyssa admitted to leaving her dog locked up in a dirty house for a week, without providing the dog any type of food or care. The dog, named Moose, was found by neighbors in horrible condition. Moose was starving, dehydrated and his fur was falling off.
When Judge Cicconetti heard the details of this case, he wanted to make sure Alyssa served a punishment that adequately fit the crime and neglect she committed. He told her, “I’m going to let you have a choice here, and the choice is I want you to live like Moose, and in order to do that I want you to go down to the county dump, to the landfill, and I want them to find the stinkiest smelliest god-awful odor place they can find in that dump and I want you to sit there for 8 hours tomorrow, to think what you did to that dog while you smell the odor. If you puke, you puke.”
This is what happened next:
This is Moose. She was abandoned by her owner, Alyssa Morrow, who left her in a dirty house for over a week. The dog was found starving and in terrible condition.
When Judge Cicconetti heard the case, he gave Alyssa a very unusual punishment.
Alyssa was forced to spend 8 hours at the county landfill cleaning up filth. She said the experience was so disgusting she would have rather been put in jail.
Meanwhile, Moose made a full recovery and was given to a loving family.
It’s safe to say Alyssa learned her lesson that day. Thanks to the unusual thinking of this judge, she will think twice next time she considers neglecting an animal. For more on this story, you can view the video below.
Via: Little Things