SOUTHINGTON - One of two people charged in a local animal cruelty case has been sentenced to probation after accepting a plea bargain.
Jason Savage, 41, of 21 Evan Road, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals at a hearing Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court. He was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended, and 18 months of probation. One of the conditions of his probation is that he is not allowed to have any pets.
Kelly Savage, 38, who was not present at the hearing, faces charges of cruelty to animals, failure to comply dog ownership requirements and no rabies vaccination.
According to police, the Savages were arrested after their dogs were found stained with urine and feces and had fleas in their fur. The bedroom where the dogs were locked was infested with insects and reportedly smelled so bad that one of the investigating officers had to leave the house.
Police were made aware of the dogs on Feb. 19 after a family member was helping the Savages move and saw dogs in a bedroom. She removed one of them, an older Maltese named Riley, and called police about the other two.
Police responded and Kelly Savage agreed to turn the animals over to Southngton Animal Control. The two dogs were taken from her home, and the third was later located and turned over.
Angel, a 9-year-old shepherd/mastiff mix, had been diagnosed with cancer and was found covered in tumors and underweight, with her ribs and pelvic bones visible, according to the arrest warrant. She had to be euthanized.
Riley and the other dog, a 7-year-old shepherd/mastiff mix named Sasha, were also in bad shape. Riley was lean and had matted fur. His paws and fur were stained with urine and feces. He had fleas, cataracts in both eyes and an ear canal filled with fur.
Sasha appeared slightly overweight, with fleas visible in her fur. Her skin was inflamed, and she had an infection in both of her ears.
Police found that Angel had last been seen by a veterinarian in 2010. It did not appear as though Sasha and Riley had ever been to a vet, police said.
Both Sasha and Riley were put on treatment plans, but Riley had to be euthanized. Sasha was put up for adoption.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.