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Animal abuser strikes plea in Gwinnett State Court

Animal abuser strikes plea

LAWRENCEVILLE -- An Alpharetta woman was sentenced to a month in jail this week after admitting in court to leaving her dogs and cats so deprived they turned to cannibalism for survival.

Suzy Lugo, 30, pleaded guilty in Gwinnett State Court to two counts of animal cruelty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years probation and a $1,000 fine on each count, said Rosanna Szabo, Gwinnett solicitor.

A judge also ordered Lugo to pay restitution to Gwinnett Animal Control for veterinary care and other expenses. She can have no unsupervised contact with animals and will be subjected to unannounced inspections, Szabo said.

Deputies trying to evict Lugo in March 2010 found a scene described as gruesome at an apartment she was renting on Ashley Lakes Drive in Norcross.

Deputies found two starving Bullmastiff dogs, an emaciated cat and the partially devoured body of another cat -- eaten in an effort by the other animals to survive, officials said then.

Lugo wasn't home but was tracked down five months later when Roswell police found her holed up at an extended stay hotel.

Lugo had formerly worked as a veterinary technician for an animal eye specialist in Marietta.

Authorities at the time said the confiscated animals were expected to survive.