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Teacher Blamed for Starving Cats Sparks Outrage

By Al Pefley email

West Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)

A teacher blamed for starving two cats to death in her apartment is taking plenty of heat.

She's already been forced out of the classroom.

But some say the school  district hasn't punished her enough. And they've flooded the school superintendent's office with letters. When it comes to Allison Dinsmore, some people seem to feel she's one teacher who deserves an "F" and has no business teaching their child or any child for that matter.

That feeling is clear in 20 letters and e-mails about her from members of the public.

Dinsmore, a teacher at Congress Middle School in Boynton Beach, is charged with felony animal cruelty.

Investigators say she left her two cats to starve to death in her Boca Raton apartment while she was busy working and staying with her boyfriend..

"What kind of role model is she as a teacher to her students? Animal cruelty is a crime and children should not be taught by felons..." says one letter.

Another writes: "Why on earth is this woman still employed? Please make this woman accountable for her cruel, sadistic actions..."

And then there's this: " I find it absolutely outrageous that you have not taken action yet on Ms. Dinsmore... This woman's actions are despicable and she should be not be anywhere near our children. Shame on you if you do not immediately terminate this woman."

"I would be devastated and scared to death to even think my kids were under the care of such a horrible person. There is no excuse on earth for such cruelty," another letter states.

Reached by phone, superintendent Dr. Art Johnson told me "In our form of justice, you're innocent until proven guilty."

In order for Dinsmore to be fired, it would require a vote by the school board, acting on a recommendation from Dr. Johnson.

He says no decision has been made, and no vote is scheduled at this time.

We placed several calls to Dinsmore's attorney in Miami, but at this point we haven't heard back from him.   For now, Dinsmore has been reassigned to her home with pay.

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