Adriane Mason was arrested after PETA volunteers delivering straw for animals to his home in February came upon a shocking discovery.
WAVY reports that volunteer Kendall Bryant “heard the carrier moving and rustling inside the carrier and a dog barking, and that's when we saw that there was a dog inside of the crate."
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When Bryant and another volunteer looked inside the small crate, they found two dogs there. And one of them was dead.
Both dogs were taken to the Virginia Beach SPCA. Although he was underweight, Blue survived. Living in a cramped carrier with no room to stand other than on his dead companion Dynasty took a toll on Blue, however. Daphna Nachminovitch, Senior Vice President for Cruelty Investigations at PETA, noted "He was very frantic and pacing a lot and had clearly been emotionally traumatized from his ordeal."
The deceased dog Dynasty was emaciated and had a broken leg. The veterinarian said there was straw in the dog’s stomach.
Mason is scheduled for sentencing on December 17. Click here to sign the Hand4Paws petition asking that he receives the maximum sentence. The maximum sentence in Virginia for animal cruelty, a class 1 misdemeanor, is confinement in jail for 12 months and a fine of $2,500.
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