Send message that animal cruelty is not acceptable

Megan Ranae Smith has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals for an incident on Oct. 6, 2016, in which she allegedly threw a puppy to the ground and kicked it.

Her case number is CR-2016-0006903. The Bonner County prosecutor is Katherine Murdock. The Magistrate Judge is Lori Meulenberg. A public defender was appointed to defend Smith. On Dec. 12, 2016, Smith entered a plea of not guilty and demanded a jury trial. This case is in the discovery stage and no hearings are currently scheduled.

If you wish to follow the progress of this case, log on to idcourts.us/repository/start.do and type in Smith’s name or the case number. Following the case and its eventual outcome will say a lot about how this community feels about animal cruelty.

CONNIE TAYLOR

Sandpoint

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