Thousand of fleas literally sucked the blood out of a dog, killing him just minutes after he was rescued.
The dog’s owner, Josefina Baldera Solis, was convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty.WTVR says a judge has now issued Solis a six-month active sentence behind bars for what she did. The judge also forbade her from ever owning an animal again.
Golden, described as an adult mixed breed, was heard crying his heart out for at least eight hours throughout one rainy September night before someone finally called for help.
The neighbor in Prince George County, VA — identified as Amanda Hoios — told WTVR,“I had never heard an animal that sad in my life.” Hoios was so concerned she went up to try to help Golden. She added, “When I helped him move, I noticed all the fleas. I never saw so many fleas in all my life.”
“When the pound came, he could not lift his head off the ground. It was the saddest thing I’ve ever seen,” Hios said.
The fleas were so fierce and active, Animal Control Officer Job Greene said they immediately covered the officer who responded as well. Greene said his officer knew Golden was in “dire straits” and she drove him directly to the Disputanta Animal Hospital. Sadly, Golden did not survive the drive.
A necropsy was performed and the doctor said Golden’s coat, according to the report, was “almost completely covered with fleas.” They literally sucked the life right out of him.
Greene told the station this was the harshest sentence he’d ever seen during the course of his job. But Hios said, based on what she saw, it wasn’t strong enough. Hois added, “She should have gotten more.”