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Puppy pummeler pleads guilty, gets 10 days in jail

A woman who attacked her Pomeranian puppy in a Medford shopping center will spend 10 days in jail and live without animals for 10 years after pleading guilty to felony animal abuse and resisting arrest charges Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Rae Dawn Parnell, 19, also was sentenced to two years' supervised probation by Judge Patricia Crain after pleading guilty to a single felony charge of aggravated animal abuse and one charge of resisting arrest.

The charges stem from a May 7 attack during which she threw, squeezed and stomped on the 2-pound puppy in front of witnesses near the Medford Center. When approached by police, she threw the dog about 10 feet to the ground and scuffled with the arresting officer.

The 3-month-old female puppy is recovering at the Jackson County animal shelter.

Parnell must permanently forfeit the puppy and comply with animal abuse statutes which forbid her to obtain or possess domestic animals for 10 years. She also must submit to any counseling or treatment deemed necessary by her probation officer, avoid all intoxicants, and pay $540 in attorney fees and $170 in fines, said Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz.

An assessment will be made of Parnell's mental and emotional state, he added.

A charge of first-degree animal abuse was dropped, he said.