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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Middle School Teacher Starves her Two Cats Because of Long Work Hours and Social Life

Investigators said the Congress Middle School teacher's cats clawed up the apartment in a frantic search for food as they starved for up to a month before they died. The corpses then rotted in the filthy apartment about a month before an apartment manager found them.
Prosecutors upped the charges to two counts of felony cruelty to animals, saying her actions caused "excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering." The new charges each carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison.

Mike Edmondson, spokesman for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office, said the agency would not elaborate on why the charges were upgraded.

Efforts to contact Allison Dinsmore, 26, on Monday were unsuccessful despite phone calls and messages to the number listed on the crime report. A phone message and an e-mail to her Miami-based attorney, Jordan Lewin, weren't returned.

Dinsmore told police in February that she had been working long hours at her school and spent a lot of time at her boyfriend's house. Police said she also went on a family camping trip while the cats starved.

She said she couldn't remember the last time she had been home, but thought she had left food and water for her cats.

Dinsmore is not teaching this week because schools are closed for Spring Break, school district spokeswoman Vickie Middlebrooks said. She couldn't say whether Dinsmore would be permitted to return to the Boynton Beach middle school when classes resume.
"The school district will open up a personnel investigation based on the state attorney's action," Middlebrooks said. "The district will examine all of the facts."
Dinsmore has worked at Congress Middle since August 2007 and has a clean employment record, according to the district. Her salary is listed as $36,100.

The two cats were found dead Feb. 23 by a manager at Boca Sol apartments. Police said Dinsmore hadn't paid rent, and a manger went to her home to talk to her and check out the apartment. The manager found the two dead cats, signs of a frenzied search for food and water, and feces and urine everywhere, according to police.
The smell was so bad, an officer had to cover his mouth with a rag when he first went inside, the report said.

A necropsy determined the cats suffered neglect for weeks or months before dying a slow, painful death from starvation and dehydration.

Why not drop this fine example of a human being a note at work:

I'm sure she'd love to hear from all of us.

Here's the email address of her principal (Kathy Harris) as well:

The internet has exploded with cat lovers and "cat lover" haters giving their two cents.  
Here's a guy who says cat lovers need to get a life and tells us to save our anger for human abuse.  Click here to read his rant.



  1. terrible, what a whore, i really hope she changes.

  2. And this bi*ch would get fed to the very cats she starved....thumbs down to animal cruelty...if u can't take care of animals, why have them? It's the same with kids....if you can't take of your kids...why did u even have them? People really need a lesson in reality these days and one day its gonna come...cuz karma's a mfer.


  4. I am very disappointed to hear that this monster has been cleared of felony charges and won't be going to jail. The judge should overturn this ruling and send her to jail and let her suffer by not feeding her for a couple of months. Maybe than she'll get it. People need to be thoroughly screened before they are allowed to adopt pets. Something like this never should have happened. I am sickened by this story.


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