A Buffalo man was sentenced to six months in jail at the Erie County Holding Center for beating a dog.
The 20-month old Chihuahua was left in the custody of 54-year-old Santiago Morales of Arkansas Street while the dog’s owner attended church. When the owner returned, she found the that the dog was lethargic, limping on three legs, had bloodshot eyes and appeared to be injured.
When the dog named Susie was taken to a veterinarian for treatment, it was determined that the animal had many bruises and a broken pelvis, prompting the veterinarian to call the SPCA Serving Erie County.
In addition to handing down the six-month jail sentence Friday, Buffalo City Court Judge Debra L. Givens issued an order that Morales not own or possess another animal as a pet for the next five years.
“Harming or killing a defenseless animal is against the law, and my office takes that very seriously,” acting Erie County District Attorney Michael J. Flaherty Jr said.
Flaherty in January formed the first ever Animal Cruelty Unit in District Attorney’s Office.
The case against Morales was prosecuted by Justin T, Wallens, chief of the Animal Cruelty Unit.