- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A South Florida man has been found guilty on charges of aggravated animal cruelty and unlawful confinement after authorities say he nearly starved a pit bull to death.

A Palm Beach County jury convicted 38-year-old Anthony T. Herring, of Delray Beach, Wednesday.

Prosecutor Dave Aronberg says Herring starved his dog, Bella, for weeks and left her outside to die. In June 2014, animal county control officers rescued Bella, who they say weighed 23 pounds and couldn’t stand or walk.

Herring says Bella had stopped eating because of hookworms.

During the trial, Dr. Stephanie Poole said that the dog’s emaciated condition had resulted from a lack of food, not the hookworms.

A judge says Herring will be sentenced next month.

Bella, who survived, is now in a loving home.

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