Tucson woman guilty of felony animal cruelty

2014-03-19T13:06:00Z Tucson woman guilty of felony animal crueltyKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 19, 2014 1:06 pm  • 

A Tucson woman has been found guilty of felony animal cruelty after failing to get veterinary care for her dog after it was hit by a car.

The dog, a mastiff mix, was hit Sept. 30. Two days later, on Oct. 2, an anonymous call came in to the Pima Animal Care Center reporting the injured dog at a home in the 3400 block of East Milton Road near the intersection of East Drexel and South Palo Verde Roads.

Three days after the call came in, a PACC officer finally responded to the address and found the injured dog, Deputy Courtney Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release issued today.

“He was suffering from severe infection and extreme pain as a result of not receiving veterinary care. The dog was also kept in an area without water and shelter,” Rodriguez said.

The dog was taken to PACC euthanized “where his condition was determined too severe to treat,” Rodriguez said.

The owner, Francisca Aguirre, 37, was arrested and pled guilty in January. Her sentencing is scheduled for April, Rodriguez said.

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