🔸ANNETTE L. MUSSER🔸
Shalersville, Ohio low life pleads guilty to shooting Gemma the dog
By JEFF SAUNDERS AND EILEEN MCCLORY / Reporters
Posted Dec 14, 2018 at 1:52 PM
Updated Dec 14, 2018 at 3:37 PM
The woman accused of shooting Gemma, a 16-month-old American bulldog, in September in Shalersville, has pleaded guilty to cruelty to a companion animal, a fifth-degree felony.
Annette L. Musser, 38, of 9053 Route 44 in Shalersville, faces a maximum prison term of 12 months and a $2,500 fine, plus any court costs and restitution, according to court documents.
Additional misdemeanor charges of using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor, obstruction of official business and passing bad checks, a first-degree misdemeanor, will be dropped.
Musser is accused of shooting Gemma while she was intoxicated on Sept. 16.
The passing bad checks charge is from a separate case, according to court documents, in which Musser allegedly gave a bad check for about $640 to an investment bank on June 15, 2017.
Musser remains out on bond. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
Chalen Lowry, executive director of the Portage Animal Protective League, said at the time of the shooting that Gemma spent two days under 24-hour veterinary care.
Lowry said Thursday that the APL is seeking applications from people to adopt Gemma.
“She is doing really well, actually,” Lowry said. “In fact, we have been accepting applications for her adoption and we’re kind of going through that and dwindling down the list of people we think will be a good fit and starting to set up interviews.”
Lowry said Gemma is fully recovered from her injuries.
“We just had her out in the play yard playing. She just loves to chase balls and run around. She’s very strong,” said Lowry, adding that Gemma still has some residual emotional issues left over from her ordeal.
“I would say sometimes strangers or people who are wearing things she’s not used to like big hats or sunglasses sometimes will scare her,” she said. “But we actually just got a picture of her at our photos-with-Santa event and I couldn’t believe she didn’t growl at him, you know because he’s all dressed up like Santa.”
For those interested in adopting Gemma, an online form is available at http://www.portageapl.org/all-pets/dog-adoption-application/. Call Portage APL at 330-296-4022 for more information.
“If somebody could take her home for the holidays, that would be nice,” said Lowry.
Musser’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment Friday.
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