Animal Rights

Virginia Woman Sentenced For Leaving Her Dog To Die From Fleas

Golden when he was found by Animal Control

A Virginia woman has been sentenced to a year in jail for fatally neglecting her dog. Authorities and veterans who examined the canine said that it had one of the worst infestations of fleas they had ever seen.

Prince George County resident, Josefina Solis, neglected her mixed-breed dog, Golden, to the point that he was riddled with fleas, WTVR reports.

Prince George County Animal Control officers visited Solis’ mobile home on Sept. 9 after her neighbor, Amanda Hios, called them to report her concern that Golden was in dire straits.  

“That dog was crying for at least eight hours,” Hios said. “I had never heard an animal so sad in my life.”

Hios had attempted to help Golden and found him tied up to his outside dog house, completely covered in fleas.

“When I helped him move, I noticed all the fleas,” Hios said. “I never saw so many fleas in my life.”

Prince George County Animal Control supervisor Job Greene said that the officer who went to check on Golden found the dog barely alive.

"The dog was completely unresponsive. He was breathing shallowly. Greene said. ”She [the animal control officer] picked the dog up, wrapped it in a blanket and drove him to Disputanta Animal Hospital immediately."

Golden died on the way to the animal hospital. The veterinarian who performed the necropsy found that the dog had succumbed to blood loss resulting from the fleas.

"It was an astonishing amount of fleas on the dog," Greene said. "The doctor had never seen a dog with that many fleas before."

Solis has been sentenced to 12 months in jail (six-months actively) for misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Hios, the neighbor who discovered the fleas, said Golden’s deteriorated state “was the saddest thing I’ve ever seen.”

“I don’t think six months is enough time,” Hios added. “She (Solis) should have gotten more.”

Sources: WTVR / Photo Credit: WTVR

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