Wisconsin woman found guilty of animal mistreatment jailed for Huber violations


Saffire the pit bull was abandoned and starved to death.

A Wisconsin woman who was found guilty of eight misdemeanor counts of mistreating animals has been jailed for violating the terms of her house arrest.


Aysha Carbon, 23, of Manitowoc, was sentenced in January for abandoning her apartment with three ferrets and a dog inside who all died as a result of malnourishment. Carbon was sentenced to three months in jail and three years of probation.


Aysha Carbon of Manitowoc.

Carbon was approved for Huber, a state law that allows inmates to be released from jail, or to serve their sentence at home under electronic monitoring, for various reasons including work, community service or childcare. Carbon was approved to complete her jail sentence on electronic monitoring from her home so she could continue caring for her child.


Just one week after the start of her sentence Carbon was jailed Feb. 18 for violating the terms of her Huber privileges. Judge Robert Dewane revoked Carbon’s Huber privileges for a minimum of 60 days. The earliest Carbon could be released from jail is April 20.


A criminal complaint indicates that in December 2020 Carbon left her apartment to give birth to her child and she never returned; leaving three ferrets and a dog inside with no food or water. In March 2021, Manitowoc police responded to a report of a malnourished and neglected pit bull that had died.


Carbon’s mother, Tamara Robertson, told police she was concerned about Carbon’s dog, a pit bull named Saffire, so she crawled through a window and retrieved Saffire from Carbon’s apartment. Robertson took the malnourished dog to her home, where Saffire died. Police executed a search warrant at Carbon’s apartment and found the decaying corpses of three ferrets. During questioning, Carbon admitted the animals were her responsibility and she had neglected them. A necropsy indicated the dog died of prolonged starvation.


At her sentencing, Carbon took responsibility for her actions that resulted in the death of the four animals.


“I deserve everything that was given to me but I truly didn’t mean it,” she said. “I loved my dog and my animals and I didn’t mean for anything to happen. I was just so overwhelmed and I didn’t know how to deal with that … I feel sick to my stomach because I did what I did.”


As part of the terms of her probation, Carbon is prohibited from owning or caring for any animals.