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UPDATE: Police Looking for Dog Owner in Animal Cruelty Case, Other Owner Sentenced


Danville, VA - Danville animal control officers say it's the worst animal cruelty case they've ever seen. Now, the owner of a pit bull found in horrible shape will spend four months in jail.

It's hard to forget that picture of Dawn. Back in August, police say she was found in a small pen, covered in flies and maggots, and with a 12-inch chain wrapped so tightly around her neck, it was cutting into the skin.

On Thursday a Danville Circuit Court Judge sentenced Easley to a year in jail, with eight months suspended. She is also no longer allowed to have companion animals.  That's the result of an appeal in the case.

Easley and her mother Paula were originally sentenced to six moths in jail in November. The Easleys appealed and Thursday's sentence is the result for Ella.

As for Paula Easley's sentencing, the Danville Commonwealth's Attorney's office said Paula Easley is a fugitive. She failed to turn up to two appeal trials. Danville Police are looking for her.

For now, the Danville Humane Society is glad justice is being served.

"We don't get as upset as some people do about the length or the time of the sentence. What we like is accountability. She was found guilty and sentenced to a reasonable amount of time in jail and also she cannot own companion animals, and that's a very good thing," said Paulette Dean, Executive Director of Danville Area Humane Society.

The Danville Area Humane Society Dawn said Dawn is doing much better, and is a very happy and healthy dog. She is up for adoption.

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