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Woman who strangled dog with shoelaces is sentenced to jail

Woman sentenced to one year in jail
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According to Wednesday's publication of the Los Angeles Times, a Lancaster, Calif., woman who was arrested for allegedly choking her dog with a shoelace, has been sentenced to a year in jail.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Carlos Chung sentenced 41-year-old Desiree Lenore Martinez to one year in jail, with credit for the 256 days that she has already spent behind bars. Judge Chung also ordered Martinez to serve three years of probation for her crime of cruelty to an animal.

In early February, Martinez was arrested after her pit bull was discovered with severe injuries to his head and eyes; the dog was allegedly beaten with a rock and choked with a shoelace. According to the district attorney's office, the dog was so injured when he was first found, that he could barely move.

The wounded dog was taken in, and was cared for by the Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control. After the dog recovered from the injuries, he was eventually adopted.

Martinez is prohibited from having or taking care of any animals for 10 years.

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