Woman sentenced to five years in prison for beating her in-laws dog to death

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A woman convicted in July of burglary and animal cruelty was sentenced to five years in prison for the beating of her in-laws’ 14-year-old dog. Evita Williams is also to serve five years of probation, attend anger-management classes, undergo psychological, drug and alcohol evaluation and not own pets.

The incident occurred in July of 2011. Evita broke into her in-laws’ home and broke the lock on the Williams’ bedroom door where they kept Ginger, a 14-year-old lab mix. Ginger was already in declining health, as she was deaf and struggled with her back legs. Evita muzzled Ginger and took her out in the backyard. She covered Ginger with a blanket and then beat the dog with an aluminum softball bat. She then dumped Ginger’s body in the garbage. Apparently Evita’s motive for beating Ginger was due to problems with her estranged husband and the fact that Ginger had nipped her 4-year-old son a few months prior.

A jury took an hour to convict Evita of burglary and animal cruelty back in July. Prosecutor Stacey Salmons said, “To do something so violent and so vicious to the animal [suggests] the potential to do something violent and vicious to a person.”