Tough love from an unorthodox judge helped an animal-abusing woman from Ohio avoid jail time at the expense of her pride, according to a report from ABC News.


It's easy for judges to imprison people in the United States. Just take a look at how many Americans currently are sitting in a prison or jail cell at this very moment. According to the ACLU, the United States has a 20 percent share of the world's prison population, and 1 out of every 135 people here are locked up against their will. That makes the Home of the Free the world's greatest jailer.  
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So in a way, Alyssa Morrow was lucky to have a judge who was known for offering people creative alternatives to jail time. She was unlucky, however, in that dog-owning Judge Michael Cicconetti had compassion toward animals. What was her crime? She had been found guilty of animal cruelty for leaving her 7-year-old pit bull alone in a filthy house for roughly a week. 

The judge offered Morrow a choice: spend 90 days in jail, or do something that would probably make her feel a bit like her dog must have when she left him in a smelly abandoned house. Which do you think she chose?

Check out the video below from ABC for the answer, and let us know if you agree with the judge's punishment.