MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The woman accused of throwing her Dachshund puppy off her apartment balcony in March of 2012 pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty charges on Wednesday May 15, 2013.
The former owner of the puppy, Kendria Dexter, was originally arrested on misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. However, those were dismissed by the city in order for the state to file felony charges.
"The reason it should have been a felony is because it involved the kind of physical injury that was serious enough to cause intense or prolonged pain," said Martha Tierney with the Mobile County District Attorney's Office.
Dexter's former roommate told FOX10 News the two had been arguing and that argument led to Dexter pitching the pup, named Lola, off the balcony.
"At first I thought she was going to throw her on the floor of the balcony. Then she tossed her and I called 911," said Andrea Griffin in a previous interview.
What happened to Lola?
Lola was brought to the South Alabama Spay and Neuter clinic where she spent several months recovering.
After rehabilitation, Lola was adopted by a family from Key West, Florida.
Those who cared for Lola said they want this story to serve as a model for other animal cruelty cases.
"I think this proves what a community can do when the citizens work together and work with the system we have in place," said Stephanie Williamson, who has been following the case since the beginning.
Tierney said a plea agreement was worked out in court. She said Dexter could face a maximum of three months in jail and three years of probation.
She could also be required to pay $2,300 to Dr. Knizley for restitution.
Dexter's sentencing is scheduled for May 29.
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