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Animal Cruelty Suspect Gets 20 Hours of Community Service

Jessica Yazmer charged in July after 40 dogs found in Collinsville apartment.

Jessica Yazmer, a Canton woman who was accused of animal cruelty after an incident that caused a public outcry in July, was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service Wednesday in Hartford Community Court.

Yazmer, 28, was not required to enter a plea or pay a fine under the community court process, according to a court official. She was scheduled to return Dec. 8 to show proof of community service. The manner of service was not specified by the court.

On July 5, police said 40 mistreated dogs and a few cats were discovered in Yazmer’s apartment on Center Street after a report of a dog fight.

Yazmer was listed on a pet adoption website as a representative for a Collinsville-based organization that rescued dogs from high-kill shelters in the South.

The dogs, including nearly 20 puppies, were discovered in life-threatening conditions, animal control officer Beverly LaPlume said. All survived and many were treated for worms and other conditions. Canton building officials ruled the apartment unfit for human occupancy on July 7.

Yazmer’s court appearance was postponed two times. In a court affidavit filed July 18, attorney Jon L. Schoenhorn said Yazmer, a 2001 Simsbury High graduate, was receiving treatment for an undisclosed medical condition.

and in Canton initially cared for the dogs and Roaring Brook, which provided care free of charge, handled some puppy adoptions but was soon was overwhelmed with requests.

Subsequently, the Simon Foundation in Bloomfield was handling all adoptions.

Randy Wallace September 08, 2011 at 01:09 PM
She should have been banned from operating any future rescue shelters, been required to pay full restitution to the veterinarians for their emergency services provided, been ordered to fully reimburse the local town officials for the time expended for the safe removal of these abused animals, and finally, while on probation and completing community service, be court ordered for counseling. This judge really dropped the ball on this one. I wonder if the town officials, or anyone closely related to this case, went to court to advocate for any of this?
Kristen Stevens September 08, 2011 at 03:09 PM
Now that I have calmed down (somewhat) I would like to know why she was given a slap on the wrist. Jessica's "punishment" equals a half hour per dog and zero time for the cats. Randy, if I had any clue this was the possible outcome or I had been asked to attend, I absolutely would have gone and I agree with everything you said. I do plan on and urge everyone else to notify their vets and shelters about this as Jessica should not be allowed to handle any animal for a very long time. Unfortunately it appears the judicial system is unwilling to prevent this from happening in the future and people in the field of caring for and rescuing animals need to be informed incase she applies for a job or volunteer work. What an obscene miscarriage of justice.
pat September 08, 2011 at 03:23 PM
If aa person directly affected by this woman's actions, should sue her, they would very likely prevail.
pat September 08, 2011 at 03:31 PM
The animals suffered for only 20 hours?
pat September 08, 2011 at 03:31 PM
You are too kind --- WAY too kind.
Anna Blaine September 08, 2011 at 03:42 PM
You Don't know that she hasnt been doing non court ordered things to try make up for some of what happened. Perhaps her sentence was lighter because of all she had been doing. She's a genuinely good person who set out with good intentions. She took on too much and has suffered for it. The judicial system is not the only way to make some one pay for their mistakes.
April Rogers September 08, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Amen Anna!!!! Until someone walks a mile in her shoes, they should not cast judgement!!!!!
liz truman September 08, 2011 at 06:51 PM
once someone has walked into the hell those animals were living in then there is NOT enough for Jessica to do to make up for the cruelty she made those animals live through!!!!
Robin Lindstedt September 08, 2011 at 08:51 PM
20 hours? C'mon, really? Despite her problems, people need to be punished for their cruelty to animals. This is reprehensible. Everyone should be so lucky to get off so easy.
Karen Moulton September 08, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Simply and utterly stunned.
Rachel B September 08, 2011 at 09:18 PM
I think you may all feel a little differently if you met and spoke with Jess. Also she lived in that house too, not that it makes it right, but still...
Randy Wallace September 08, 2011 at 09:30 PM
So, my comments above stand. I hope the court mandated counseling for her as it seems it is seriously needed here. Also, that she is forever banned from pet rescues. I would like to hear from the animal control people and the local police - maybe they can enlighten us as to if in fact she has done anything outside of court as to compensatory reimbursement and anything else that she may have done. Anyone out there know the answers to this?
liz truman September 08, 2011 at 09:38 PM
the fact that she lived in that apartment too only tells us how ILL she really is. 20 hrs of community service would not even begin to touch what needs to be done!!! Rachel did you go in that apartment? did you ever step foot in those doors, to see 3 crates stacked on top of each other with dogs in them pooping and peeing on top of each other. Did you go in the basement to see the puppies locked in the pitch black with no food or water? dogs were locked in closets, some could not move because they were so ill. those puppies could not see because the sun light blinded them. the only thing Jess could say that she would never own another living thing...including house plants!!!!!
Linda Mahoney September 08, 2011 at 09:44 PM
I hope they keep tabs on her and her contact with animals. She may have meant well but you have to know what you are doing and have the money to do it.
Kristen Stevens September 09, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Let me get this straight, we should not cast judgement on a situation so horrific but you cast it on those that disagree with the "punishment". Until you walk a mile in the shoes of those that had to rescue and endure the conditions in the photos perhaps you should take your own advice. It was the worst and most disturbing event I have ever witnessed but I guess it makes it all okay since she "got in over her head". I'm sorry but a genuinely good person does not leave animals injured from potentially broken legs, so dehydrated they can't walk and lies that the dogs listed in her care that could not gain weight due to medical conditions that have proved otherwise from EATING! Here's what it boils down to. I am hurt and saddened at the rights given to these animals. The lawyers, prosecutors and judge(s) have again proven the legal system is flawed just as my dad who told me this after serving 36 years in law enforcement. He would have been outraged by this as well. There are many cases where "someone" was a "genuine person" before committing horrific acts. Does this case open the door for all offenders or just those victims that are viewed as "property". Sorry, I do not feel sorry for Jessica Yazmer after witnessing the horror I did especially after watching my pups sleeping on their "fluffies", rescued from people like her.
liz truman September 09, 2011 at 01:46 AM
Kristen- Thank you!!!! Thank you for your thoughts and passion, and thank you for stepping up and helping to save those dogs from the horrible conditions she put them in. Our animals need more people with true passion, not just "good intentions"!!
Andrew Ziemba September 09, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Sick world we live in
Diane September 09, 2011 at 11:47 AM
I am one of the many people who took one of these animals. My puppy was so very sick. She has had multiple problems. We have been treating all of them. She is a wonderful dog who NEVER should have been treated so horribly. I can not believe that there was absolutely no mandate for this women for her not to ever have contact with another animal again. Please, someone put the informationa as to where we can send a letter to this judge. This is such an injustice!!
liz truman September 09, 2011 at 01:14 PM
I have to agree Diane. I wish I had been at the court date.
pat September 09, 2011 at 01:48 PM
I think she knows how to treat animals. She would rather be cruel, only because she has been getting away with it. Her victims have no voice.
pat September 09, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Randy, what do you propose she do to pay restitution to the animals she was cruel to? The town officials, etc. received pay for every day worked. I think she should at least do time.
Karen Moulton September 10, 2011 at 10:26 PM
April I recall you posted on another article about how another rescue refused to adopt a dog to you so you went elsewhere. Jessica didn't refuse anyone - she sold the dogs to anyone who was interested with not a single care about who adopted them. No questions asked of the adopters, no home or vet check, just pay your cash and take the sick dog home. I cannot beleive you still sing her praises. If you were in her house, tell us what you saw since you claim it was not like that when you got your dogs. The pictures tell the whole story for me. ACO LaPlume's account of what the place was like tells me all I need to know. NO WATER - and water is free. Dogs stacked on her other eliminating on the dogs in the crates below. Disgusting.
April Rogers September 11, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Karen, Please do not put words in my mouth. I never said that i was REFUSED by another rescue place. They were a horrible group who did not return emails, phone calls, etc. and gave away the dog I specifically toI wld them I wanted. FYI, Jessica DID do a home check for me and it turned out she had worked for my vet so she knew I have an excellent vet record. So to speak for myself, everything in my adoption process went fine . I also received paperwork and microchip info for each dog. She spent about an hour and a half at my house when she brought them for us to meet. I can not speak for other peoples experience, but mine was as it should be. I took my dogs to the vet the very next day as ANY responsible pet owner should do with any new pet regardless of where they obtained them. I am not and never have condoned the way those animals lived in her care at the end. NEVER! However, I have compassion for people as well as animals. What sickens me is the fact that everyone on here condemns her like she murdered their grandmother!!! Think about it... her family, parents, friends, siblings have to endure plenty as it is, they dont need to read this day in and day out on here.. To me it is no better than cyber bullying! I understand people being upset, I am even on Chris' side and hope he gets to keep his dog, However when is enough enough?
Chris and Jennifer Corso September 11, 2011 at 11:31 AM
april, you say when is enough, enough? well it can all end as soon as she realizes she doesn't deserve any dog back and that she needs to get on with her life of getting healthy and finding a job and a place to live.
derek October 16, 2011 at 03:40 PM
It is a very sick world we live in, but i belive yazmer is a good person cause she does not want an innocent life to go to wast. "Yazmer was listed on a pet adoption website as a representative for a Collinsville-based organization that rescued dogs from high-kill shelters" nice guys finish last, I think its time to just adopt 5 pets at the most.
pat October 16, 2011 at 08:32 PM
I agree, Rachel. That does NOT make it right!
Lissa Richmond February 11, 2012 at 01:13 AM
you are a moron to honestly believe she is a good person, a good person who took on to much would go to others for help instead of letting the animals suffer. are you the judge by any chance? because you are a very unintelligent person and so was the judge.
Lissa Richmond February 11, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Again, she could have given the animals up to a shelter if she was in over her head. Those poor animals had no idea why they were being treated so terribly and she knew that she was causing them harm...she knew better. She is a dumbass and so are you.
Lissa Richmond February 11, 2012 at 01:22 AM
but, could she leave the apartment? or was she locked in a cage without food and water? wait, she was able to leave? so she didn't suffer as the animals did.
Nora W February 26, 2013 at 09:27 PM
When I lived in LA, I got a cat from a "rescue group", found out the woman in "charge" abused every cat that came into the place, she refused no animal, no matter how sick or dying and just hoisted them upon unsuspecting people, me being one of them. I had to pay over $400 to get my cat "well" and then spend another $2500 to completely save her life. I was lucky and had her close to 10 years. The woman had been arrested numerous times, paid numerous fines and STILL kept reopening. People like this need to be STOPPED no matter the cost

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