Md. man whose dog died of heatstroke gets jail time
A Thurmont man whose Rottweiler died from heatstroke after being left chained to a stake in the hot July sun has been sentenced to 90 days in jail.
On Tuesday, Frederick County District Judge Janice Ambrose also ordered 24-year-old Michael Flemming to do 50 hours of community service, preferably at an animal shelter.
Flemming was convicted in February of one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and three misdemeanor counts of restraining an animal without water and shelter.
Prosecutors say the 112-pound dog died of severe heat exhaustion after he was left chained outside in temperatures near 90 degrees.
Flemming told the judge he loved the dog, and that no jail time could erase what he has to deal with every day.
-- Associated Press
Washington Post Editors
March 17, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
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