Justin Phillip Lombardo-Barton, 19, of Camptonville, The man accused of running over Maggie the cattle dog has been sentenced to 5-years probation and time served from the Sierra Superior Court judge with credit for 122 days in county jail.
Lombardo-Barton, who pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty and hit-and-run, also will undergo counseling and faces a hearing on a restitution fine.
Maggie’s owner, Nevada City’s John Reader, says Maggie isn’t a hundred percent but she is back to work.
“She’s not totally recovered. She’s back to what I would call kind of limited duty. She walks with me when I’m doing my chores and doing that kind of stuff. And she does do a little activity work around the stock, but nothing major. I kind of limit her from jumping right now, but overall, she’s doing very well.”
Reader raised the Border Collie from a pup and wants to thank the community for the well wishes and donations to Maggie’s vet bill.
“The outpouring community or what they did for Maggie and myself is just wonderful and I’d like to thank everybody that was part of that. I just can’t tell them how much we appreciate it. To have her back in good health, it’s due to people like themselves.”
On June 19, Maggie was working with Reader along Alleghany-Ridge Road in Sierra County en route to summer pasture. As the cattle moved along the road, cars stopped to let the herd pass. But a white Jeep Cherokee, ran into a calf and cow, and hit Maggie, on the side of the road.
Maggie suffered a broken right hind leg and a deep cut and other injuries. A few days later, Sierra County sheriff’s deputies arrested Lombardo-Barton.