School Teacher Faces Felony Animal Abuse Charges

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3/30/2010 Update
Allison Dinsmore's criminal trial is under way.

(Palm Beach County, Fla.) Congress Middle School teacher Allison Dinsmore is facing felony charges of animal cruelty for allegedly abandoning her two cats for weeks, leaving them to die horrible deaths by starvation in her apartment. Dinsmore reportedly cited her busy work schedule, long commute and a camping trip as reasons for her failure to see to the cats’ needs (she had essentially moved out of the apartment and had been staying elsewhere). Seeking information as to unpaid rent, Dinsmore’s property manager discovered the cats’ bodies and notified authorities on February 23, 2009. The school district initially suspended her teaching duties – with pay – pending the outcome of the criminal case, but later announced that they would not be renewing her contract.

Here are news articles on the case:
Boca teacher charged with starving cats is fired
Sun Sentinel, December 7, 2009

Teacher charged with felonies in deaths of two cats in Boca Raton apartment
South Florida Sun Sentinel, March 31, 2009

Boynton Beach teacher accused of starving cats is sent home, with pay
South Florida Sun Sentinel, April 6, 2009

What You Can Do

Send a polite letter to State Attorney Michael F. McAuliffe, thanking him for his work to date on the case and encouraging a strong and meaningful sentence upon conviction. Locals are encouraged to support the prosecution by attending court proceedings.

Palm Beach County Circuit Court
Main Branch
205 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL  33401
Phone: 561-355-2431
case #502009CF004107A
(Always contact the Court to confirm court dates as they are subject to change.)

January 30, 2015

Thank you for your thorough prosecution of Allison Dinsmore

Dear State Attorney McAuliffe

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You may also mail or fax your letter to:
Michael F. McAuliffe, State Attorney
15th Judicial Circuit, Palm Beach County
401 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Fax: 561-366-1800

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