A Lockland man today entered a guilty plea to one count of animal cruelty and one count of abandonment for leaving a pit bull in a Fairfield Park-and mockingly "thanked" supporters of the dog for "putting his family on the streets." Edwin Saunders will spend the next 60 days in jail for his treatment of "Audrey", who has recovered from the ordeal and is now ready for adoption.
Audrey was found in Joyce Park in December of 2011. She was malnourished, weighing just over twenty pounds and her feet were infected after standing in her feces and urine.
Saunders admitted to leaving the dog in the park, saying he did so because he couldn't take care of her after his wife died-and he thought someone else would find her and nurse her back to health. He claims he put Audrey on her favorite blanket-and watched from his car parked nearby until someone picked her up.
Since that time, she has been nursed back to health at the Animal Care Center in Fairfield. She has gained weight and has slowly regained her health. She has since moved into a foster home.
As part of his sentence, Saunders will have to pay $2800 in restitution to the shelter which took care of his dog and, after he gets out of jail, he can't own a dog or live in a house with dogs for two years of probation time.