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Former owner of neglected dog pleads guilty

The former owner of a dog left for dead in the basement of a Buffalo home pleaded guilty in court on Friday to a misdemeanor, officials said.

Shelly Breier is scheduled to be sentenced in March in the animal cruelty case of Dori, the matted dog, officials with the SPCA Serving Erie County said Friday.

Her husband, Ronald Breier, was ordered to do 75 hours of community service, officials added.

Authorities from the SPCA said the female Shih-Tzu was unrecognizable beneath almost four pounds of matted fur and was suffering from a variety of ailments when found in the basement of the Breiers Milford Avenue home in early December.

The dog was named Dori by her caretakers at the SPCA. The Breiers surrendered custody and, after several weeks of care and rehabilitation at the SPCA, Dori found a new home.

SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr said Friday that she hopes the Breiers will no longer be allowed to own pets. Or, Carr said, if they are allowed pets, the couple should be closely monitored.