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Allison Dinsmore, a teacher at Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach, abandoned two cats at an apartment she had been renting in Boca Raton. The cats died horrifically of starvation and dehydration, after languishing alone and without food or water for over a month. Yesterday, Dinsmore was charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals.

Among the excuses Dinsmore told police was that she was “tired” and that she had been spending time with a new boyfriend. Dinsmore also said that she forgot about the cats, although it is clear that this cannot be the case as the property manager of the apartment complex was in contact with Dinsmore regarding the cats prior to their death (Dinsmore lied to the manager that she had been feeing the cats at night).

Please contact the State Attorney’s Office and ask prosecutors to demand that, if found guilty, Dinsmore be forbidden from ever owning animals again, and that she serve prison time for her crime. Contact the Palm Beach County School District and ask that Dinsmore be removed from the classroom.


Michael McAuliffe, State Attorney
Fifteenth Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County)
Phone: (561) 355-7100
E-mail: StateAttorney@sa15.state.fl.us

Dr. Arthur Johnson, Superintendent
School District of Palm Beach County
Phone: (561) 434-8200
E-mail: Beninati@palmbeach.k12.fl.us (secretary)

One Response to “Teacher charged with felonies after her two cats starve to death (don’t let her back in the classroom!)”

  1. on 31 Mar 2009 at 5:56 pm RaveyLin

    That’s possibly the most horrible thing I’ve ever heard, those poor cats! I sent emails to both offices just now.

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