BEAUMONT — A Beaumont woman was sentenced for animal cruelty Thursday in a Jefferson County courtroom after starving one dog to death and almost killing another.
Jacque Thomas, 35, of Beaumont, was sentenced, 100 hours of community service and two years probation on the charges after pleading guilty before judge Clint Woods in Jefferson County Court-at-Law Number Three. She was also fined $500.
In January 2016, Beaumont Police and Beaumont Animal Care officers were dispatched to a home in the 4300 block of Ector Street after a caller reported that there was a dead dog and a neglected dog in the backyard of a home according to a probable cause affidavit.
When officers arrived they discovered one dead dog and one that was in critical condition and in danger of dying because Thomas had not provided adequate food for the dogs according to the affidavit.
The neglected dog was immediately seized and taken to Beaumont veterinarian Dr. Pope for treatment.
Beaumont veterinarian Dr. Holland performed a necropsy on the dead dog and determined that it had died from starvation the affidavit stated.
Thomas initially told the Beaumont Animal Care officer that the two dogs belonged to a "friend of a friend" but the dog's tags had her address on them according to the affidavit.
Officers determined that Thomas had lived at the address since 2010 based on a past burglary report she filed.
The Humane Society of Southeast Texas in a post on its Facebook page urged members of the public to attend the sentencing.