According to Tuesday's WAVY News, the judge who presided over a case of animal cruelty in Portsmouth, Va., wishes that he could force the man on trial to a sit in a crate, in the winter, as part of his sentence.
Of course, the sentence would be deemed "cruel and unusual," and therefore cannot happen, but the details of what Adriane Mason did to his dogs were enough to make the judge express those dark desires out loud.
Mason was charged with animal cruelty after PETA volunteers, who were delivering straw to his home last February, discovered two dogs who were locked inside of a small crate; one of the dogs had starved to death.
A volunteer shared what was found that day:
the carrier was old, dirty, and surrounded by trash and there was no food or water nearby, they thought at first that it had been junked, but then they heard movement inside: A dog who was trapped inside began barking, thumping his tail, and jumping up in excitement.
With mounting horror, they noticed that there were actually two dogs in the carrier—and one of them wasn't moving.
A female pit bull, named "Dynasty," had starved to death inside of the crate and her companion, "Blue," was left inside of the tight confines of the enclosure with her wasted body.
A veterinarian who examined Dynasty's body after her death determined that the dog had a broken leg, zero body fat and there was straw in her stomach, indicating that she tried to eat something to survive.
Mason, and witnesses who spoke on his behalf, stated that Dynasty stopped eating after delivering a litter of puppies; there was no mention of an explanation as to why she was not transported to a veterinarian to help, or why Blue was left inside of the crate with her body.
On Tuesday, Mason was found guilty of cruelty to animals for Dynasty'e starvation death, as well as for depriving her of veterinary treatment.
According to WAVY News, Mason is no stranger to the wrong side of the law - he has a history of criminal charges for assault, larceny and eluding the police.
Sentencing will take place on December 17; Mason could face a year in jail or a $2,500 fine.
The surviving dog, Blue, was adopted to a new family.
Read more about this case here.
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