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Jail for Man Who Starved Dog for Months

Written by Michelle Kretzer | June 3, 2013

A routine trip by PETA volunteers to deliver straw bedding to “outdoor dogs” in Newport News, Virginia, uncovered a horrifying secret: a female pit bull lying dead in a backyard. Someone had removed her chain, which meant that the person knew that she was dead, but left her body in full view of the two surviving chained pit bulls. The dog’s hip bones jutted prominently through her skin, and every rib in her body was visible.

A PETA staffer took custody of the body, and when a veterinarian examined the remains, she determined that the dog had been starved to the point that she didn’t have even an ounce of fat left. Considering that the dog was only seven months old, she had likely been slowly starved for her entire life. Her owner’s other two young pit bulls could have starved to death as well, but PETA got custody of them, too. We collected all the evidence and then filed cruelty charges against the dogs’ owner.

Our fieldworker and veterinarian testified against the owner in court, and the judge sentenced him to four months in jail, probation for two years, eight more months in jail if he violates probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $1,000 fine. Most importantly, the judge barred him from ever owning animals again, something that we always seek in cases like this.  

What You Can Do

Any time that you see a chained dog, please take a minute to make sure that he or she has food, water, and shelter, and alert authorities if you suspect abuse or neglect.

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  • lisa says:

    How can any carimg human being leave an animal to starve to death??? watch it hungry in pain desperate for food?? and she was only 7 months old??? absolutly disgusting, i have befriended a homeless guy i bought some treats for his dog i found out by talking to him how he got his a dog a lurcher 8 months old he’d saved her from gypsies that were about to throw of the bridge to drown because she wasnt strong enough to hunt now this is in the UK he literally saved her life and they are best buddies we have an animal charity that give all the dogs their injections have them spayed and neautered they are probably the most cared for than some dogs in households

  • Danielle says:

    This is one of the worst pictures I have ever seen. I don’t know how a human being can do that to a defenseless animal. She did not deserve to die in such a cruel way at the pup stage in her life; she should have lived for years with people who loved her and treated her right. I am so glad the owners can’t have animals again. Great job guys!

  • Nancy says:

    It just saddens me to read these sad stories. Animals cannot speak, they suffer In silence and its just unspeakable what human beings can do….

  • Ines Woldin says:

    I am very sorry to. But I wish he would have a 25 year jail, because if a human dos it to another human he stays in jail for more than 25 years. Grate job Peta! 🙂

  • S Earlene says:

    I recently learned that other animals are sensitive to other animals around them who are hurt or dying. If she wasn’t changed she may have had a chance to find food. Please tell me the other two survived. Being malnourished can still cause long term medical issues internally…I’ll keep my fingers crossed…

  • Milk says:

    yes more ppl stopped

  • Claudia LIma says:

    I am very sorry for these abused animals. I am glad this horrible person is in jail. I just wish he could stay much longer, like at least 5 years, so he would have time enough to think about his behavior. Great jobs Peta friends! Keep up with the good work!

  • franco says:

    Well done again. I am glad that the judge sent this cruel individual to jail for four months. I wish it could be longer. But better than the recent case of a judge not imposing any jail time for a dog chained indoors for life during three years. The justice system needs to change regarding animals rights, cruelty, neglect. It’s a start.

  • Maria Dassing says:

    There needs to be an enacting ban on dog chaining not only within the city limits, but outside city limits.