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Bristol woman accused of hanging dogs sentenced to 5 years in prison

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Veronica Reyes during a previous court appearance. (WFSB file photo) Veronica Reyes during a previous court appearance. (WFSB file photo)
Animal rights advocates protested at Reyes' sentencing on Thursday. (WFSB photo) Animal rights advocates protested at Reyes' sentencing on Thursday. (WFSB photo)
BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

A Bristol woman, who admitted to hanging her dogs, was sentenced on Thursday. 

Veronica Reyes said she hung her two dogs by their leashes late last year behind her house. Police said Reyes then put the dogs in a bag and buried them. 

Inside Bristol Superior Court on Thursday afternoon, Reyes was sentenced to five years in prison, buy her sentence would be suspended after six months. She was given credit for time served since her incarceration on Jan. 15. 

"I wasn't  on my medication I feel bad now that was a mistake," Reyes said. 

Reyes went on to say in court that "she won't be the same person again." 

"I have nightmares from it and in really sorry for it," Reyes said. 

Animal advocates from across the state told Eyewitness News that they've had a hard time wrapping their heads around this case. 

"She took two innocent lives," said Linda Pleva, an animal rights advocate. "These animals depend on their owners, they are family and to me she killed her family."

Several gathered again outside of the courthouse on Thursday morning.

During a previous court appearance, Reyes said she killed the dogs because she was hallucinating on drugs and that her dogs verbally told her to kill them.

During the court appearance, a woman took out a cell  phone and tried to record the proceedings. However, after refusing to put away her phone, she was told by the marshals to delete the video and leave the courtroom. 

An animal rights activist, who wanted to speak for the animals ,was denied by the court. The woman was denied on the basis she had no prior history or relationship with the animals.

Also during the court proceedings, prosecutor had to recuse himself because this woman takes care of his dogs, so another prosecutor came in just for that reason.

Aside from this case, Reyes has two outstanding warrants in Maryland for allegedly stealing a vehicle and assaulting a police officer. Following her sentencing, she was expected to be extradited to Maryland. 

Animal advocates said they will reach out to authorities in Maryland and will make sure the court officials know about her crimes against animals. 

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