Standish Twp. woman pleads guilty to animal killing


STANDISH — Diane Gay pleaded guilty to one count of animal torture/killing during a March 26 pretrial in 23rd Circuit Court.

Gay, 55, was charged with two counts of animal torture/killing and in return for the guilty plea, one count was dropped. Gay is scheduled for sentencing April 23 at 10 a.m. Killing or torturing an animal is a felony charge with a maximum penalty of four years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

The Arenac County Sheriff’s Department responded to Gay’s home in Standish Township Jan. 25 shortly after midnight due to a complaint that she stabbed her son’s dog.


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Pretty pathetic to slab to death a defenseless animal. This woman needs some rehab of some sort, whether drugs or alcohol was involved or not I do not know. But I hope the judge gives a sentence where she will learn something about what she has done. It won’t do her any good to sit in a jail cell. Possible a 1 year sentence working in the Arenac Animal Shelter for free may be a good lesson for her.

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