WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges that he starved his dog to death.
The Winston-Salem Journal reports authorities said 30-year-old Hiram Renard Goins Jr. must serve three years of supervised probation, during which time he cannot own a pet.
Prosecutors say Goins was the target of two complaints about his three dogs being tethered outside. After the second complaint, Goins admitted to animal control officers that the dog died. A necropsy determined the pitbull mix died from malnutrition, starvation and exposure to the elements.
Arrest warrants said the dog died sometime between Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, when the National Weather Service reported the overnight temperature was 12 degrees.
The other two dogs were reported to be healthy.