A Madera man convicted of animal cruelty for starving his pit bull was sentenced Monday to one year in county jail, Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz announced Tuesday.
Valentino Torres, 44, was convicted in a Madera court Oct. 2 of felony animal cruelty for chaining a pit bull to a street sign near Clinton and Vineyard. The pit bull was so severely emaciated that its bones were clearly visible, and it had large open sores and was infested with ticks and mites, Keitz said.
Torres admitted that he had owned the 3-year-old dog since it was a puppy and had chained it to the sign. The dog had been kept tethered with an 18-pound chain to a doghouse and was forced to drink from a mud puddle, Madera animal control officers discovered.
A veterinarian testified in court that the dog was starving and would have died within days had it not been rescued, Keitz said...