Man endures ridicule for animal abuse charge

Escrito por Nuria Querol i Viñas. Publicado en News in English.

 "Animal abuser," one woman in a passing mini-van shouted at the Point Marion man while he stood Thursday morning at the intersection of Matthew Drive and McClellandtown Road in South Union Township, wearing a sign that said: "I Plead Guilty. Animal Cruelty is a Crime. My Dog's name was Salt & Pepper."

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Man endures ridicule for animal abuse charge
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Wearing a bright orange sign, Ulysses Zimmerman of Point Marion stands near the intersection of McClellandtown Road and Matthew Drive in South Union Township Thursday, serving part of his sentence for an animal abuse citation. Ed Cope/Herald-Standard
As if wearing a bright, fluorescent orange sandwich board sign at one of the busiest intersections in the county the day before he turned 22 wasn't humbling enough, Ulysses Zimmerman was the target of horn blowing and name calling while he carried out his sentence for an animal cruelty citation.

"Animal abuser," one woman in a passing mini-van shouted at the Point Marion man while he stood Thursday morning at the intersection of Matthew Drive and McClellandtown Road in South Union Township, wearing a sign that said: "I Plead Guilty. Animal Cruelty is a Crime. My Dog's name was Salt & Pepper."

Fayette County humane officer Robin Moore, who cited Zimmerman for the strangling death of a mixed-breed dog at their Grant Street home in June, said she was worried about one man who was circling the area and would beep, gesture with his thumb down out of his window or say something every time he passed Zimmerman.

All the unwanted attention made the young man wish for rain.

"She said if it rains, I'm done for the day," Zimmerman said, referring to Moore.

However, he seemed to take most of the abuse from the motoring public in stride. After all, a day's worth of public embarrassment was the least painful of the possible sentences he faced.

Under an agreement he worked out with Moore, Zimmerman pleaded guilty, paid a $144 fine, $140 in restitution and $53.50 in court costs, and agreed to community service.