Back in January, prosecutors said they wanted Hyung Kyo Chung and Shannon Jeffrey to spend time in jail after being convicted of animal cruelty for mistreating their puppy, Bailey.
In the end, though, the couple earned probation even though the dog suffered two bone breaks within his first six months of life.
The case, as reported by KKTV in Colorado Springs, dates back to June 2011, when Chung and Jeffrey took Bailey, a French bulldog, for a medical checkup.
The veterinarian in question didn't have a hard time discovering problems. Bailey had a broken jaw -- an injury that suggested he'd been kicked in the face. In addition, Bailey's collar bone had been broken some time earlier.
These injuries, combined with Bailey's youth, raised red flags, and so did Chung's alleged explanation for the most recent incident. He's said to have told an animal control officer that someone had fallen on the puppy during a party the previous evening. But neither he nor Jeffrey rushed to get him the medical care he so desperately needed. Jeffrey insisted that she didn't have a car to take Bailey to the vet during the daytime, so she had to wait until Chung returned from work. (They eventually arrived at around 6:30 p.m.) For his part, Chung blamed heavy drinking for his tardiness.
This explanation didn't prevent Chung and Jeffrey from being convicted in January for failing to provide Bailey with proper veterinary care. But their just-imposed sentence doesn't include a stint behind bars. Instead, they earned twelve months of unsupervised probation, supplemented by $6,805 in restitution and 24 hours of community service. In addition, Chung has been ordered to attend anger management classes.
Oh yeah: While they're on probation, the two are precluded from owning any pets. Good thing.
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