A Meadville woman has pleaded no contest to letting a dog starve to death at her then-Titusville residence last summer.

Karissa Leann Beers, 25, of 10359 Tamarack Drive, Apt. A303, entered the no contest plea to cruelty to animals Monday before Crawford County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Anthony J. Vardaro.

Beers was charged by Titusville Police Department on Sept. 10, 2018, with the Aug. 27, 2018, death of her dog. Beers allowed the dog to stay in a locked cage at her then-residence at 8 Hancock Way in Titusville, which caused the dog to starve to death, according to the criminal complaint. The corpse of the dog then was left in the cage, the complaint said.

Beers was scheduled to go on trial this week in county court on the cruelty to animals charge, a first-degree misdemeanor.

In pleading no contest, a person does not admit guilt but agrees there is enough evidence to convict if a trial were held. A no contest plea has the same effect for sentencing purposes as pleading guilty.

Beers faces up to five years in state prison and a $10,000 fine when she is sentenced June 28 by Vardaro. She remains free on $1,000 unsecured bond awaiting sentencing. 

Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by email at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com.

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