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Woman who starved dog to death convicted of animal cruelty

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An Omaha, Neb., woman who starved her dog so badly that the dog had to be euthanized, has been found guilty of felony animal neglect, reported Omaha.com.

Last Wednesday, a Douglas County District Court jury found Mashaunda I. Ball guilty of the extreme neglect which led to the death of a Boston terrier named "Bubbles."

The 35-year-old woman claimed that the dog, who had been adopted from the Nebraska Humane Society just months before his death, was old and had been ill for about a week.

Ball was actually the person who notified officials with the Nebraska Humane Society of Bubbles' "death." Officers with the shelter came to Ball's home after receiving the woman's call that her dog had died; Bubbles was still alive, albeit barely, when the officers arrived to retrieve the body.

On Nov. 26, 2012, the day of the officers' visit to Ball's home, the dog was unresponsive and lying in a cage in the home's basement, surrounded by his own feces and urine.

Bubbles was humanely euthanized after his condition deteriorated not long after he was transported to a veterinarian for care.

A necropsy on the dog's body confirmed that starvation was the cause of death.

When sentenced, Ball could face up to five years in prison and may be banned from owning an animal for 15 years.

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