MEDIA RELEASE: Justice Served for Senior Husky Brutally Beaten With Mallet

MEDIA RELEASE: Justice Served for Senior Husky Brutally Beaten With Mallet

TAMPA, Fla. (May 13, 2024) — The international organization In Defense of Animals applauds the sentencing of Elizabeth Jaimes, who was charged with brutally beating Maya, a 9-year-old husky belonging to her boyfriend’s family, with whom she was living.

For months, Maya's guardian couldn't figure out how her elderly dog kept getting injuries that required going to the vet for care. Her vet finally recommended installing a hidden camera, which uncovered horrifying abuse. 

On May 1, 2023, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department was notified about the abuse and went to investigate. Maya was taken to the Veterinary Emergency Group, where she was determined to have suffered blunt force trauma resulting in a blinded left eye and multiple bone fractures, including spinal injuries.

Deputies were given video from the hidden camera that showed Jaimes restraining Maya with a leash while she forcefully struck Maya repeatedly with a rubber mallet. With full force, Jaimes struck Maya at least 64 times on camera as Maya cried in fear and pain.

Investigators believe Maya's abuse may have begun as far back as October 2022. Since then, she's sustained injuries including “skull fractures, a broken jaw, spine and rib fractures, and a broken orbital resulting in blindness in one eye,” among other injuries requiring veterinary treatment.

Jaimes was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals with a weapon, a second-degree felony. She admitted to her heinous crime, attempting to absolve herself by telling deputies Maya growled at her. Her boyfriend’s mother filed for an injunction against her.

On May 10, Jaimes was sentenced to 70.8 months incarceration and must participate in an anger management program. Upon her release, she is required to serve three years probation, register with the animal abuser registry, and is prohibited from having any animals.

In Defense of Animals sent a letter with more than 15,000 signatures to 13th District State Attorney Susan Lopez calling for maximum prosecution and sentencing, mental health evaluations, mandatory treatment, and an order that Jaimes be prohibited from engaging with animals.

“We are grateful to State Attorney Lopez for her strong prosecution and the judge for passing a strong sentence for this despicable case of severe and sustained animal abuse,” said Doll Stanley, Senior Justice for Animals Campaigner for In Defense of Animals. “It’s a miracle that Maya survived, and we hope this sentence can help her and her family heal from the trauma. When the justice system works for animals like this, it sends a strong message and prevents such horrors.”


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CONTACT: Doll Stanley,, (662) 809-4483


In Defense of Animals is an international animal protection organization with over 250,000 supporters and a 40-year history of defending animals, people, and the environment through education and campaigns, as well as hands-on rescue facilities in India, South Korea, California, and rural Mississippi.


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