Madera man convicted of animal cruelty

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A 44-year-old Madera man was convicted of animal cruelty with special circumstances Tuesday after a jury determined he tied his pit bull to a street sign and nearly let it starve to death.

Valentino Torres was already convicted of abusing his 3-year-old pit bull earlier this month but the case was continued to determine whether he was convicted of a prior felony strike — unlawful discharge of a firearm in 1994 — which will add time to his sentence.

Torres’ animal abuse case began in 2009, when a Madera Animal Control officer was dispatched to the Clinton Street and Vineyard Avenue intersection to investigate reports of an abused dog and found a pit bull “so severely emaciated that its bones were clearly visible,” said Michael Keitz, Madera County District Attorney.

“It had large open sores and was infested with ticks and mites,” Keitz said...

 

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