Ex-Owner of Starved Pit Bull Sentenced to Jail

The former owner of a starved pit bull on Long Island pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges, and is expected to serve jail time

Friday, Apr 20, 2012  |  Updated 3:34 PM EDT
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Ex-Owner of Starved Pit Bull Sentenced to Jail

Nassau County DA

Bronco, a 3-year-old pit bull, was found emaciated in January

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A Long Island man is expected to serve a year in jail after pleading guilty Friday to animal cruelty charges.

Jermel Miller, 33, was arrested Jan. 5 when police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call at his New Cassel home in Nassau County and found an emaciated pit bull.

The three-year-old white pit bull terrier had open sores on his paws and his toenails were so long they curled under his toes, the district attorney's office said. His ribs, spine and hips were visible through his fur, and he was unable to stand without assistance.

The dog, named Bronco, was taken to Central Veterinary Group in Valley Stream weighing 29 pounds. A healthy three-year-old pit bull typically weighs between 60 to 65 pounds, officials said.

He has since been rehabilitated and found a new home.

Miller was sentenced to six months in jail on the animal cruelty charges but is expected to serve one year because he violated the terms of his parole from a 2005 assault and attempted burglary conviction, the DA's office said.

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