Man gets 60 days for starving his dog to death

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to 60 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges that he starved his dog to death.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports authorities said 30-year-old Hiram Renard Goins Jr. must serve three years of supervised probation, during which time he cannot own a pet.

Prosecutors say Goins was the target of two complaints about his three dogs being tethered outside.

After the second complaint, Goins admitted to animal control officers that the dog died.

A necropsy determined the pitbull mix died from malnutrition, starvation and exposure to the elements.

Arrest warrants said the dog died sometime between Jan. 3 and Jan. 4, when the National Weather Service reported the overnight temperature was 12 degrees.

The other two dogs were reported to be healthy.

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