- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Lincoln woman who killed her sick dog by putting it into a plastic bag has been fined $200.

Online court records say 58-year-old Virginia Gilmore was sentenced Thursday. The judge barred Gilmore from having any pets for six months.

Gilmore pleaded no contest in May after prosecutors lowered a felony charge of animal neglect to a misdemeanor. Prosecutors say Gilmore had tied a guitar string around the dog’s stomach in an effort to remove a cyst that was dragging on the ground and then tried to cut it off. Prosecutors say Gilmore ultimately put the Pomeranian, Minnie, into the plastic storage bag on April 17.

Gilmore told an animal control officer she couldn’t afford to take the 20-year-old dog to a vet.

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