A man who cruelly left his dogs to starve in an empty house received only 45 days of house arrest, a punishment that certainly does not fit such a horrific crime.
Christopher Preston, of Cumberland, Maryland, a 29-year-old corrections officer, moved out of his home last summer and left his 12 dogs locked inside with no food or water. Only three dogs survived.
Animal control, responding to multiple calls from concerned neighbors, found the bodies of nine dogs who had starved when it opened up the empty home in August, the Cumberland-Times News reports. The three survivors were malnourished, dehydrated and anemic, and were rushed to the Allegheny County Animal Shelter for care.
For letting his dogs perish slowly in an empty house during the hottest months of the year, Preston could have received 15 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
But instead, after his lawyers argued Tuesday that Preston would lose his job if he served any jail time, the judge sentenced him to a mere 45-day house arrest.