Bo, a 12-year-old pit bull mix can now rest in peace on Wednesday at the Rainbow Bridge; the place where folklore says all dogs go to Heaven. Bo's former human Carroll Dyke, 66, now faces community service, a fine, and can never own another dog after having been found guilty of animal cruelty for allowing his dog to suffer last October at his home in Chesterfield, Va.
Dyke was ordered to serve 100 hours of community service, pay a $100. fine, and will be on probation for three years. A one-year jail sentence was suspended.
Ashley Baker took photographs of her neighbor's dog last fall and sent the graphic pictures to local television station NBC12. Baker had been feeding Bo who was terribly emaciated. She knew Bo was suffering and asked the television station to intervene and try to save Bo.
"It's a good day," said neighbor Ashley Baker to the news team. "He was found guilty. Justice for Bo!"
Dyke knew his dog was suffering and that he had stopped eating a few weeks earlier, but instead of taking the dog to a veterinarian for treatment, Dyke ignored the dog; even neglecting the cries of agony as the dog slowly suffered a terrible death.
A necropsy performed by the Iron Bridge Animal Hospital stated the dog was not given adequate care for advanced heartworms, tumors, and infections. Expert opinion stated Bo died an inhumane death by drowning in his own fluids.
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