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Dog owner sentenced to jail time, restitution for abuse

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A Hamilton County judge sentenced a dog owner to serve ten days in jail and ordered her to pay $108,898 in restitution Wednesday.

Harold Alexander also goes by Latoisha Alexander and dresses as a woman. Alexander pleaded guilty to all 43 animal charges in connection to the finding of 68 dogs in deplorable conditions at her West Price Hill home in February. Failure to register charges were dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.

Alexander's attorney said the abuse wasn't intentional and that his client had health issues. Judge Ted Berry replied that he didn't care.  He called the dogs' care "horrendous" and he'd never seen anything like this. Alexander admitted she had no excuse for the treatment of the animals.

The SPCA confiscated the dogs. Some of the dogs had to be put down. The organization nursed the rest back to health and adopted them out to other families. The fines Alexander must pay will go to the SPCA.

The judge sentenced Alexander to 180 days in jail but suspended 170. She'll serve three years probation. If she doesn't pay the complete restitution in that three years, the judge could order her to serve the rest of the 170 days. 

Alexander's income did come from breeding dogs. She told the judge she's not sure where she'll get the money now. Alexander must also perform 100 hours community service.

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