A 44-year-old Madera man was convicted Tuesday of nearly starving a dog to death, Madera County District Attorney Michael R. Keitz said.
Valentino Torres faces up to 6 years in state prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 28 in Madera County Superior Court.
In September 2009, an animal control officer found a severely emaciated pit bull tied to a street sign near Clinton Street and Vineyard Avenue in Madera. The dog had large open sores and its bones were clearly visible; a veterinarian later testified that the dog would have died within days if it had not been rescued, Keitz said.
Torres admitted he had tied the dog to a sign and said he had the 3-year-old dog since it was a puppy. Torres was previously convicted of unlawfully discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner, which will factor into his sentence, Keitz said.
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