CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A woman accused of moving away last May and leaving her dog chained in her backyard was sentenced to jail time Wednesday.
Tamara Johnson, 35, of Cleveland, faced abandonment, neglect and cruelty charges after her dog was found two months after she moved out of her home.
Prosecutors said the mixed breed dog named Artemis was found tied up and barely alive on a very hot day: it was 93 degrees outside.
The dog's condition was so bad, she had to be put down.
Johnson said in court that she isn't a criminal and that the dog tried to bite her twice. She said the dog belonged to her son's father.
She pleaded no contest to abandoning and cruelty.
She was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail, and she will be on probation for the next five years. She's not allowed to own any more animals.
For extended coverage on this story, click here.