IN WABASH district court last Wednesday, before Judge Gary Bass, 34-year-old Robin Edmonds was found guilty of animal abuse and given a 90-day suspended sentence and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service cleaning the grounds of the Baltimore Zoo.
The sentence was in connection with the abuse of a miniature black poodle named Burnie, who had been scalded over 40 percent of his body and later died.
Judge Bass also put Edmonds on probation for 18 months.
A witness reported the scalding to 911 on May 8, according to police reports and court testimony.
Victoria Artemus testified that she opened the window to her Groveland Avenue home and saw Edmonds pour steaming hot water over a milk crate which had a large block on top to hold it down.
"I heard a terrible screaming and then I saw her [Edmonds] clapping her hands and raising her arms as if in victory or excitement over what she was doing. She went back in the house and I called 911 and told the operator what was happening. As I talked I saw the woman come out of the house with more steaming water and pour it on the crate again and I held my phone out of the window so the police operator could hear the screams," Artemus said.
Edmonds maintained her innocence during the trial.
The dog was eventually picked up by Municipal Animal Shelter workers and taken to the Anne Arundel Veterinary Hospital. A Pausing with pets story on May 22 told of the efforts by many people -- police officers, veterinarians and animal shelter employees -- to help Burnie.
* It's show time for purebreds. Rain or shine, the Maryland Kennel Club will hold an AKC-Sanctioned Breed and Obedience Match from 8:30 a.m. registration to late afternoon June 29 at the Seton-Keough High School, 1201 Caton Ave., across from St. Agnes Hospital. Entry fee is $5 or $4 in advance and $3 or $2 respectively for additional entry of same dog. Send entry to Helen Baker, match chairwoman, 200 Maple Ave., Catonsville, 21228. For match details call Baker, 747-5974 or June Myers, 879-0862.
* "Your New Baby and Bowser," written by Stephen C. Rafe, a writer on canine behavior and behaviorally sound training methods, has informative pen and ink illustrations by Kathy Murphy. Rafe's book shows how a couple can prepare a dog for the arrival of the couple's first child and how to socialize the dog to accept the child from the first day. It also offers good advice for everyone on how to determine their dog's personality and how to establish better relationships. The paperback book is $9.95 and available from Denlinger's Publishers, Ltd., P.O. Box 76, Fairfax, Va. 22030. For telephone orders call (800)?75 DOG BOOK.
* Cats in your garden? Many people are planting a little late this year, so here is some never-too-late advice if you've got a cat in your garden. Lay chicken wire over the earth and set plants and seeds in the holes. Few cats will walk on the chicken wire and they cannot scratch up the earth under it.
* Leave your dog at home. If a dog is left in a car or outdoors without proper shade and water, its life will be threatened. Dogs cannot perspire -- they pant to stay cool -- and when they are in very hot temperatures, they cannot pant enough to keep their bodies cool. Heat stroke can result.
* The Golden Retriever Rescue, Education and Training, Inc. (GRREAT) group wants the redemption symbols from all Gaines and Ken-L Ration products for which they can receive cash to help in their rescue work. Send to GRREAT, P.O. Box 2070, Ellicott City, 21043 or call 788-0180.