Woman sentenced for unleashing dogs on IRS employee

Lisa Blechman of Santa Clarita, CA was sentenced to two years' probation on Monday for unleashing two dogs, including a pit bull, on an Internal Revenue Service employee who was attempting to post a summons on Blechman's home. At the time the IRS was conducting an audit of Blechman's husband's business.

At her sentencing hearing Blechman said she was sorry. She had pleaded guilty in December to one count of assaulting a Federal officer.

Blechman unleashed the dogs on Ruth Seidman, an IRS employee, in October 2007 after the IRS employee taped the summons to the front door of Blechman's home. Blechman told the employee that if she did not remove the summons from the door, she was going to come outside with her dogs. As Seidman began to walk to her vehicle, Blechman opened the front door and released the dogs in an attempt to scare and intimidate the IRS employee. The dogs did not run towards Seidman, but the agent was frightened, prosecutors said.

Sitcom TaxPublic Defender Kimberly Savo argued that the dogs were harmless and that the pit bull had severe arthritis. Savo also said that her client had a medical history of anxiety attacks and other ailments that contributed to the assault.

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