DENVER — A 27-year-old woman was sentenced to 30 days in the Denver jail Thursday, after being found guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Angelita Lopez was living in a Denver home last spring when she brought home a Jack Russell Terrier puppy named Mickey.
Court documents say the 4-month-old puppy had to be euthanized for humane reasons, after it was discovered suffering from chronic neglect and untreated parvo.
Tuikish Jones says he found his former roommate’s puppy in a corner of the back yard. He says, “When I found it I was devastated. I’ve never seen that in the many years I’ve owned a pet, it was bad.”
Prosecutors say the puppy’s original owners came to the house, and found the puppy covered with maggots, its ribs showing and near death.
Prosecutor Melissa Fox says the puppy should have weighed ten pounds but weighed only three. “In all the neglect cases I’ve handled, I’ve never seen a case where the animal was still living and it was totally covered in maggots.”
She says the vet testified that shows just how chronic the neglect was.
Jones says Lopez could have done a much better job caring for the dog, but does not believe she had bad intentions.
He says she just got in over her head trying to take care of a new puppy.
But prosecutors point out this did not have to happen. They say there are plenty of resources for people who cannot afford to take care of their pets.
The Denver Animal Shelter has facilities available for people to anonymously leave pets they cannot care for any longer.