Former Alabama students pleads guilty to animal cruelty

Ryanne Gilbert

<span dir=”auto”>A former University of Alabama student who abandoned her pets to die inside her apartment will not serve any more jail time for her felony conviction.<br></span>

<span dir=”auto”>According to court records, 24-year-old Ryanne Gilbert pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated animal cruelty.<br></span>

<p>Gilbert was sentenced to a 60-month suspended sentence, with two years of supervised probation. She could be ordered to serve the full five years of her prison sentence if she violates any terms of the two-year probation.</p>

<p>Gilbert was also sentenced to serve 21 days in jail, but is receiving credit for the three weeks she spent in a Virginia jail while waiting to be extradited to Tuscaloosa.</p>

<p>Gilbert was charged in 2019 after staff members at the apartment complex where she lived discovered a decomposing animal in her locked bedroom.</p>

<p><span class=”x_nc684nl6″>Tuscaloosa </span>Police determined that the Labrador/Weimaraner mix named Stasia had not been fed or watered in some time, which resulted in her starving to death.</p>

<p>In addition, a cat was locked in the same room with the decomposing dog, and there was another dog found locked in a crate inside the apartment.</p>

<p>The surviving animals were turned over to Metro Animal Shelter.</p>

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