WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — A Wichita woman was sentenced Tuesday in Sedgwick County Court in a case involving an emaciated dog found locked in a cage. The dog in the cage was found in a dumpster.
A judge sentenced Raykesha Hardyway to 24 months probation and ordered her to pay over $2,400 in restitution.
The brown pitbull/boxer mix was found in early January 2020 discarded in a trash dumpster in the 2200 block of S. Oliver.
The Wichita Animal Action League was key to the dog’s recovery. They kept supporters informed about Bowie’s progress. They were unhappy that Hardyway only faced a misdemeanor charge.
Today, Christy Fischer, the executive director of WAAL, responded to the probation sentence.
“We wished ultimately this case had been presented as a felony to the district attorney’s office, but all in all, we felt like Bowie did get some justice today,” Fischer said.
“The public needs to realize there’s a proven link between animal cruelty or violence against animals and, you know, violence against people,” she said. “Any cruelty against animals should be treated very, very seriously and looked at from a big perspective.”