Kekoskee Woman Appears in Court for Animal Mistreatment Charge

A Kekoskee woman appeared in court on Monday – facing felony
Animal Mistreatment charges for allegedly starving a dog to death. 

Police were
called to the home of 26-year old Abigail Billings after her landlord found the
skinny, malnourished dog dead and covered in flies in a crate in the garage. Billings claimed a friend
was supposed to be watching the dog, but later admitted that she was at fault. 

She allegedly told investigators that she had the dog for about a year and
tried to check on it every couple days – but she apparently never took It to a
veterinarian. Doctors reported with 95-percent certainty that the dog starved
to death. 

If convicted, Billings
faces up to three and a half years in prison. A judge will decided next month
whether to send her to trial.