A judge has put Pamela Miller on a short leash.
Miller, who was convicted of animal cruelty after Burbank Police
officers found almost 90 dogs inside a home she was using, was
sentenced Monday to three years’ probation and counseling, as well as
being ordered to have no more than three dogs at a time and to submit
to police searches.
The Pasadena judge also ordered Miller to pay restitution to the
city for the costs it incurred while caring for the dogs, most of
which have been adopted through the Burbank Animal Shelter. A hearing
to determine the amount of restitution is set for March 21.
“I hope she takes this as a second chance and complies,” Det.
Matthew Ferguson said Tuesday, referring to Miller as an “animal
Ferguson said the seizure of 86 dogs in July at a vacant home in
the 100 block of West Linden Avenue was the first of such magnitude
in the city’s history.
“We’re looking to keep future dogs from being hurt,” Ferguson
said. “This is her last and final warning.”
Deputy Dist. Atty. Melissa Reinhold also had grim words about
Miller, who is former licensed kennel owner in the city.
“She doesn’t admit that she did anything wrong, so we [are
concerned] she will continue. She might already be in violation,”
Miller was convicted in November of one count of felony animal
cruelty, when a judge found that leaving the dogs -- most of which
were pit bulls -- unsupervised for at least eight hours was a
negligent decision, but not one meant to intentionally harm the dogs.
During the three-day trial, Miller said she left the dogs in Burbank
as she was moving them from Riverside County to Kern County.
At that time, Miller was under a court order not to possess more
than three dogs anywhere in Burbank.