Lost in the week’s heavy news, ranging from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 to some key Senate Democrats babbling in an overnight talkathon on climate change (ignoring the coldest U.S. six-month period since 1912) to growing approval of marijuana smoking, was a lack-of-common-sense development reported mainly in the Baltimore area, notes Grumpy Editor.
It was a teeth grinder and a slap to a money-squeezed, cancer-fighting widowed great grandmother with a clean record over her 81 years who was tossed into jail this month by a judge mainly for letting her two small dogs run loose a year ago from her home of 44 years.
Civil citations were issued to Mary Magdalene Root --- following a neighbor’s photos showing a dog running loose --- that listed dog-at-large, dog license and license violations. Exercising around Root’s home, on more than 1.5 acres, were her Chihuahua and terrier mix.
Bringing the case to light were the Baltimore Sun and WJZ, CBS’s Channel 13 in Baltimore. The Drudge Report also noted the action.
The Sun pointed out Root was charged “with failing to pay seven $75 civil citations for three incidents” involving her dogs in 2013.
The minor pet violations resulted in Root getting slapped with a $7,000 fine or spending nearly a year in jail, reported WJZ.
“She was booked, fingerprinted and issued a striped jumpsuit… a cell without her cancer medication,” the TV report added.
Root spent two nights in Harford County Detention Center before being released after a person family members characterized as a "stranger" paid $250, the required 10 percent of her bail.
Vantina Gifford, Root’s daughter, said her mother is resting at home and plans to return to court to fight the charges, according to the Sun.
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