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Cruelty to pit bull nets 6-month jail term

A 23-year-old Fort Wayne man who kept an emaciated pit bull in a sweltering house with no water or electricity has been sentenced to 180 days in jail for animal cruelty, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control said today.

The Allen County Prosecutor's Office had charged the man with abandonment and neglect of an animal, according to a statement from Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control. He appeared in court Wednesday, the statement said.Animal care officers recovered the pit bull mix from an abandoned house where there was little food or water, the statement said. It said the man told officials the dog had been kept there for weeks and acknowledged the dog never had been to a veterinarian.

Dr. Scott Myer of Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency Services examined the 9-month-old dog, which weighed just less than 18 pounds, the statement said.

It said Jason Miller, the investigating officer, described the dog as the skinniest dog he had seen in his career in animal control. The dog is recovering and gaining weight under the care of Miller, who is considering adopting the dog, the statement said.