In April, the Internet was introduced to the tragic tale of Rocky, an emaciated pit bull puppy rescued from the Pennsylvania basement of Angelique Miles. On Monday, Miles pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and was sentenced to six months in jail and 200 hours of community service by an Erie County judge.
Miles, 25, who, according to her attorney, has received numerous death threats since April, left Rocky, then between 6 and 8 months old, caged in her damp basement. Ruth Thompson-Carroll, director of the Erie-based Anna Shelter, which cared for the dog after his rescue, told The Huffington Post that Rocky was “all bone weight” when he came to the shelter. “When we found him, we honestly thought he was deceased.”
“He has a lot of sores from lying in his own feces and his feet are pretty severely burned from the urine. Typically, in cases like this, their organs will shut down. It’s amazing his didn’t.”
An anonymous tipster notified the shelter of Rocky’s plight, and though he remains on a restricted diet because of the damage done to his organs, he was adopted by a family in July and “is the center of their world,” Thompson-Carroll told HuffPo.
“I’m pleasantly surprised that they were serious enough to give her jail time, because in most of our animal cruelty cases they get a slap on the wrist,” Thompson-Carroll said of the court case. “Hopefully she learns from it and has more compassion.”