NAPLES — A southwest Florida woman was sentenced to 30 days in jail for killing her neighbour’s Chihuahua with a shotgun, telling the dog’s owner in court that she was scared when it attacked her.
Wanda Ziglar, 49, of Golden Gate, pleaded no contest Tuesday to one felony count of animal cruelty. Senior Judge Jack Schoonover agreed to withhold a formal finding of guilt of the charge.
Ziglar will be allowed to serve her jail time on weekend work detail. The judge also sentenced her to two years probation and six months house arrest.
Ziglar was arrested July 31 after admitting she shot and killed the dog, which belonged to her then-neighbour, Marisol Olegnichar. Ziglar told deputies the Chihuahua repeatedly wandered into her yard.
She said in court that she grabbed a shotgun and fired two warning shots into the air to try to scare off the dog.
“I was scared by the dog. It came out from behind my garbage can,” said Ziglar.
The dog left after the warning shots, but soon returned, Ziglar told her former neighbour in court.
That’s when the dog “tried to attack me. That’s when I shot the dog,” Ziglar said.
The dog’s owner told Ziglar that she didn’t believe her.
“There’s no way a 2-pound dog was going to scare you,” Olegnichar said.