“Kind of sends a message out to the community that judges take these seriously.
We take these animal cruelty cases like this seriously.
The dog, a stray that nearby residents fed and took to calling “Rusty,” was found behind Martinez’s property breathing heavily, whimpering and mostly motionless, according to a declaration in support of an arrest warrant prepared by Animal Control Officer Kyle Stephens.
“The dog appeared to be severely injured, covered in blood and in pain,” Stephens wrote.
Martinez received this level of punishment.”Mayer also thanked Martinez’s neighbors for reporting his actions and for their assistance to Animal Control officers.