Bert Brashear, 38, appeared in Middletown Municipal Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and a failure to license his dog reported Ohio's Local12 News.com.
The misdemeanor carries a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or a six-month jail sentence.
Humane advocates and animal lovers peacefully demonstrated in the area advocating for stricter laws and penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty.
One-year-old pit bull named Dee was found curled up in a cage emaciated and in pain on Sept. 27 at 2926 Navaho St. by Animal Control. Just a bit of food was sprinkled in the area, and the dog's drinking water was green. The feces in her cage was dried up, indicating the dog had not eaten anything for an extended period of time.
Brashear appeared in court in a wheelchair after recent surgery for a leg amputation. He told the judge his stepson was supposed to have been caring for the dog.
The white pit bull is now in the custody of Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society and has been making amazing progress. At the time of her discovery, Dee only weighed 25 pounds; she now weighs 37 and is expected to make a full recovery.
If you would like to help in Dee's recovery, please click here for more information.
A Facebook group named Justice for Dee advocates for stronger animal cruelty laws in Ohio. Another recent case of a man leaving his German shepherd dog tied to a tree for years has continued to make national news.
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