NY judge: Don't let child see dog euthanasia

By the Associated Press | October 13, 2011 | 4:45 PM EDT

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) — A New York woman who let a 10-year-old girl witness a dog being euthanized on her farm has been convicted of child endangerment.

Mona Kanciper (KAN'-sih-per) was exonerated of animal cruelty charges in the case Thursday.

Suffolk County Court Judge James Hudson says the woman was justified in euthanizing the dog and two others at the farm she operates in Manorville, on eastern Long Island about 50 miles from New York City. But he says starting the euthanasia process in front of the girl was "egregious."

Separately, he ruled there was insufficient evidence the woman knew a horse was being put down at the farm when she sent a 12-year-old girl to the area where it was happening.

The woman faces up to a year in jail on the endangerment charge. She'll be sentenced Dec. 13. She vows to appeal.