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Maggie the cattle dog was hurt in a felony hit-and-run.

Man who ran over cattle dog given more jail time

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Wednesday, Apr. 4, 2012 - 9:57 pm

The man who ran over Maggie the cattle dog has been given more jail time.

Justin Phillip Lombardo-Barton, 19, of Camptonville, was sentenced in October to five years' probation and time served. A Sierra Superior Court judge gave Lombardo-Barton credit for 122 days served in county jail.

Sierra County District Attorney Larry Allen said in an email that Lombardo-Barton was recently brought back into court on a probation violation for failing to keep in contact with his probation officer.

This time, the judge game him 360 days in jail and reinstated probation.

Lombardo-Barton, who pleaded no contest to felony animal cruelty and hit-and-run, badly injured the border collie that Nevada County rancher John Reader had raised from a pup.

On June 19, Maggie was helping Reader and mounted riders herd about 300 head of cattle along Alleghany-Ridge Road in Sierra County en route to summer pasture. Pilot cars were in front and back of the herd.

As the cattle moved along the road, cars stopped to let the herd pass. But a white Jeep Cherokee pushed through instead of waiting. Reader said the driver gunned the car, ran into a calf and cow, and struck Maggie, who was on the road's shoulder.

Maggie suffered a broken right hind leg and a deep cut to her left hind leg, and her liver and stomach were pushed into her chest cavity. She underwent surgery to repair her broken leg with a pin and screws.

A few days later, Sierra County sheriff's deputies arrested Lombardo-Barton.

Maggie was nursed back to health by Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic and eventually went back to the Reader ranch. Dozens of people donated to help cover her medical costs.

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