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Vt. woman sentenced for animal cruelty to work at shelter

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A Colchester teacher facing animal cruelty charges was sentenced to work with animals.

Rebecca Moseley, 41, forgot her dogs in the car for 5.5 hours while working at the middle school back in May. One of the dogs died; the other suffered heat stroke, but survived.

Moseley pleaded guilty Friday to two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals as part of a deal with prosecutors.

"Perhaps the most significant penalty that could come from this happened the day the dog died, which is that Ms. Moseley needs to live with the fact that because of her irresponsibility her pet, that had been a family pet for a significant amount of time, died as a result of her actions," Chittenden County Deputy Prosecutor Mary Morrissey said.

Moseley won't spend any time behind bars, but was ordered to work 100 hours at a shelter or humane society.

Animal rights advocates had asked that Moseley get the maximum penalty-- one year behind bars per count-- but are pleased.

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