Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford faces a $150 fine after a judge lowered the original fine of $1040 which was given to Sanford after her dog escaped from her yard.
Sanford appeared in municipal court on Sullivan's Island on Tuesday and told the judge that the day her dog escaped, there was a lot going on during the day, including a crew filming the TV series "Army Wives."
"It's fair to have a fine when a dog gets away," Sanford said after the judge reduced her fine on Tuesday. "$150 is more fair than $1040."
The judge said he doesn't remember ever fining a resident $1,000 for an escaped dog. Sanford said she was fined earlier for a dog escape and paid only $90.
Sanford concedes her 8-year-old black lab Julius got away in February, but says the amount of the fine doesn't match the offense.
Police Chief Danny Howard says the fine is high because several other dogs also wandered off from the Sanford residence. Howard says those who go to court might have fines reduced based on the circumstances of their cases.