A Cumberland, Maryland man was sentenced in the Allegany County Circuit Court on Tuesday to 90 days in jail, with 45 days suspended, for letting nine dogs starve to death after leaving them in an empty house, reports the Times-New.com.
Christopher Preston, 29, a correctional officer, will serve the 45 days confined to his home. He was also sentenced to two years probation and barred from owning or possessing any pets during this time.
On August 14, nine dead dogs were discovered in Preston’s home located at 14707 McGill Drive. Three dogs were still alive and were rushed to emergency care through the Allegany County Animal Shelter. The surviving dogs suffered from dehydration, starvation and anemia from severe flea infestation.
Preston will also pay restitution for the veterinary expenses for the three surviving dogs.
During his trial, Preston was found guilty of 10 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. He faced a maximum sentence of 15 months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Preston stated he was extremely depressed during that time and suffered from depression, marital and financial problems.
Sadly, it cost nine dogs agonizing deaths and their lives.
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