Thanks for the chance to assist on this matter. I am an attorney with over 12 years experience in criminal
A class c misdemeanor is the lowest possible level of criminal charge in Utah.
The maximum punishment is 90 days in jail and a fine of $750.
That is the max punishment. That would only happen if she had an extensive criminal record
and the dog died.
More likely? IF she does not have a criminal record? She will be forced to pay a fine.
I doubt they even give probation, much less jail time.
This is what the law states
Except as provided in Subsection (4) or (6), a person is guilty of cruelty to an animal if the person, without legal privilege to do so, intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence:
(a) fails to provide necessary food, water, care, or shelter for an animal in the person's custody;
Frankly, if the animal was not harmed? It may be she can fight the case and win. IF she can show that the animal was not in danger and did not suffer? It is not a crime.