Labbe sat quietly in the courtroom until minutes before Wageling announced the sentence. Then, she began to shake and was comforted by Gleason.
Gleason told the judge his client had suffered from mental illness, including bipolar depression, for years and incarceration in prison would only exacerbate her problems. He asked that she serve 90 days in the county jail.
Gleason, who said the sentence will be appealed, also told the judge that hurting an animal is not the same as hurting a human. Labbe has received threats and hate mail. Petitions voicing disfavor have been launched online. “Animal rights are important but they are not to be equated with what happens to human beings,” he said. “Dogs are dogs and people are people.”
Krohn read a statement to the court, asking that she receive at least 10 years in prison.
“I believe she is not only a danger to animals, but to people as well,” he said. “She needs to be held accountable for her actions.”
Reid has said she put various items in the dogs’ months or near them, including brake fluid, toxic if ingested.
One dog, Pebbles, was taken to a Boston veterinary hospital, where it was discovered the dog had ingested a metal clamp and a 6-inch pipe. Pebbles died.
The second dog, Magic, had a cigarette lighter, a shower head and a 4-inch metal bolt in its stomach. Magic recovered after the items were surgically removed.
After Wageling sentenced Labbe, Gleason announced his client had the right to remain free pending her appeal.
The judge disagreed, saying Labbe’s drinking and illegal drug use had violated the conditions of her release on $30,000 cash bail.