A Pennsylvania woman was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after authorities discovered her dog suffering from severe starvation.
Rocky the 10-month-old pit bull, was rescued earlier this month after being abandoned in an Erie, Pennsylvania basement. Rocky was reportedly severely emaciated and seemingly left for dead.
After a lengthy investigation, authorities arrested Angelique Miles, Rocky’s now-former owner, and charged her with animal cruelty, reports The Huffington Post.
“Cruelty to animals is the primary charge,” Erie police Lt. Stan Green said. “It was charged at a higher level misdemeanor."
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Miles was arraigned on April 25 and held on $10,000 bail, reports WICU. If convicted, Miles faces a two-year prison sentence and a number of fines. A prison sentence, according to Green, depends on whether or not the woman has a prior arrest record.
“If she has no prior criminal history, serving prison time is not likely,” he said.
The director of the Erie-based The Anna Shelter, Ruth Thompson-Carroll, called for a revamp to Pennsylvania’s animal cruelty laws to ensure that Miles and other offenders receive the most deserved sentences.
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“Pennsylvania animal laws are written by the Department of Agriculture, so they are geared toward farmers and are not like laws in California or New York, where the penalties are a lot stiffer,” Carroll said. “Maybe this will rally people who want to make changes in Pennsylvania.”
Photo Credit: The Anna Shelter Via The Huffington Post