Persons singer Dale Bozzio is sitting in an Ossipee, New Hampshire, jail today
after dropping her appeal of a March animal cruelty conviction.
animal cruelty charges
stemmed from Bozzio's failed attempt to "save" feral and
sick cats from the New Hampshire woods. Two cats were found dead and 12
were put down following an undeterminable period of neglect that came
to a head while Bozzio toured last fall (our exclusive photos from the
scene can be viewed here, but be forewarned - they aren't for the faint of heart or stomach). She was found
guilty of one count of cruelty to animals.
May, Bozzio was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 60 days deferred for two
years, plus 250 hours of community service. She was also ordered to pay a $2700
euthanization bill. That sentence has now been imposed.
After following the saga for nearly a year, I
found Bozzio yesterday in a zen-like calm as she waited in the Carroll County District Court clerk's
office with her husband Richard McKenzie and lawyer Dennis O'Connor. Known for
her perky personality and happy-go-lucky songs like "Walkin' in L.A." and
"Destination Unknown," the singer was friendly and positive that she would be
just fine. She hugged me, blessing me and telling me "I respect you" before she
voluntarily surrendered to the county jail.
good behavior, Bozzio could serve as few as 20 days of the sentence. But given recent developments on the West Coast, the
financially strugging star's troubles will unquestionably continue upon her release. Her
former Reseda, California, landlord tells us he will now take legal action over skipped rent payments
and at least $3,600 in cat-related damage.