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Virginia man who kept live dog in crate with dead one gets jail time

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A Portsmouth man found guilty of animal cruelty was sentenced on Tuesday.

Adriane Mason was sentenced to 12 months in jail, with six months suspended. He also received three years of supervised probation, to begin upon his release. The judge ordered Mason to pay $452 restitution to PETA. While on probation, he cannot own any animals.

In February 2013, Mason was arrested after PETA volunteers delivering straw for animals at his home came upon a shocking discovery: two dogs were found kept inside a small crate. One dog, named Dynasty, was dead.

The other, Blue, lived in the carrier with no room to stand other than on his dead companion.

Both dogs were taken to the Virginia Beach SPCA. Blue survived, although PETA reports that he was emaciated and emotionally traumatized from his ordeal. Blue has since been adopted.

The deceased dog Dynasty was also emaciated and had a broken leg. The veterinarian said there was straw in the dog’s stomach.

Read original article here. The Hand4Paws petition asking that Mason receive the maximum sentence received more than 4,400 signatures before it was mailed to the judge. Follow Hand4Paws on Facebook.

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