Selden mom gets 2 years in child, pet abuse case

RIVERHEAD - A Selden mother of seven who admitted to abusing her children and dozens of family pets was sentenced today to a maximum two-year prison term.

Sharon McDonough pleaded guilty to animal abuse and child endangerment charges stemming from her Dec. 2009 arrest.

As News 12 Long Island has reported, McDonough admitted to killing numerous kittens and dogs, stashing the dead cats in the trash and burying 42 dead dogs in the backyard of her home in Selden.

She also allowed her six daughters to live in squalor. An older son who had moved out turned in his mother.

In court, Judge C. Randall Hinrichs told McDonough that "the penal law is inadequate in dealing with the magnitude of her actions."

The judge issued a permanent order of protection on behalf of McDonough's children, who are now in foster care, as well as the animals involved in the case.

Because she had already been in jail, McDonough will likely be released in about two weeks.

Tonight, the state Senate voted to toughen sentencing guidelines against people who abuse children and animals.

Mom in animal abuse case faces more chargesMother accused of pet torture due in court

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