On Thursday, a jury found Robert Lee Brian, 47, of Sacramento, guilty of felony animal cruelty, assault and threatening his neighbor; Brian now faces up to 16 years in prison reported the Sacramento Bee.
Brian was found guilty of three counts of felony animal cruelty, and one count of assault and criminal threats.
Last year, authorities were called to Brian's Howe Ave. home after neighbors had reported witnessing the torture and abuse of a sweet pit bull named Bubba. The dog had been reportedly kicked, choked and deprived of food and water.
Bubba was removed from Brian's home and after being examined by veterinarians was found to have a fractured skull and snout, possible chemical burns on his body, and a damaged right eye.
Neighbors called authorities after hearing dogs crying in pain. In October, Brian was arrested.
Authorities found the dead bodies of three other dogs in the backyard.
After neighbors testified to the egregious animal cruelty during the trial explaining how Brian used Bubba's choke chain to hang the dog from his porch, Sacramento County deputy district attorney Hilary Bagley-Franzola stated she is committed to prosecuting more animal abuse cases. She stated:
“I’m not the lone ranger anymore. More and more attorneys are very interested in cruelty cases, because the public is enraged by it, and they want us to do something about it. People need to do the right thing if they suspect abuse, and we need agencies to respond.”
“What this guy did to this dog was absolutely horrendous,” she said. “This, to me, was torture. It was continuous abuse.”
Bubba has since recovered, and now will be available for adoption stated the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office. The dog seemed to have captured the hearts of the DA's office.
Brian's sentencing is scheduled for May 2.
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