6 Days Jail Time for Woman Who Abandoned Dogs

The woman had moved out of her Deerfield home in 2012. A cop found one dead dog and adopted the other one.

Police photo
Police photo

DEERFIELD, IL — A woman who abandoned two dogs in her Deerfield home in 2012 will spend six days in jail after pleading guilty to attempted aggravated cruelty to an animal.

Debra J. Jaffe, 43, who now lives in Niles, will also have to pay court costs, nearly $2,000 in veterinarian bills and donate $1,500 each to two Lake County animal shelters, reports TribLocal.

Read the earlier Patch article about Jaffe’s arrest

In November 2012, a neighbor of Jaffe’s former home in Deerfield told police she had moved out some time ago and left one or two dogs in the home.

Police came to the home and saw two small dogs inside, one of which did not respond to knocks on the door. Police forced their way in to tend to the dogs. Once inside the house, police found no food or water for the dogs and animal waste through the building.

One dog was dead and the other in need of medical attention. A vet was contacted to take care of the animals.

The TribLocal story says that one of the responding officers, Sgt. Juan Mazariegos, adopted the surviving dog, which died about a year ago of organ failure.

You can read the full TribLocal story here.

John Chrusciel February 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM
I hope the judge also banned her from ever owning any pets again.
Marci February 24, 2014 at 05:54 PM
They should have a website for animal abusers such as those for sex offenders. I hope this goes on her permanent record where it shows up when she applies for a job or needs to have a criminal check.
Deerfield Resident February 28, 2014 at 06:18 PM
Abusing animals is the lowest form of human being....... There is justification for beating this woman...problem is, it looks like someone beat me to it! She lives in Niles people - first come first serve......
Laura Sampston February 28, 2014 at 09:05 PM
Deerfield Resident Seriously? If you mean that you need to 1) get a life and do something useful, purposeful and good with it, and 2) You are as disturbed as she may be. Stop and think please.


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