Dog owner speaks out after animal cruelty sentencing

April 29, 2018 07:10 PM

JOHNSTOWN - A local dog owner and her French Mastiff Lola are living happily and carefree. But it wasn't always such a bright outlook.

Lola was one of 22 mastiffs rescued from a neglectful home in Stratford last year. When police found the dogs, they were deprived of food and water for as long as two months. Bentley Valdez was sentenced to two years in jail for animal cruelty earlier this week.

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But Lola's owner says she's seen the dog's emotional pain and thinks it should have been longer.

“She thought she had a dad forever and then he betrayed them, he denied them love, food, [and] shelter,” said Lorrie Venneman. “He denied them everything that they deserved, [that] any dog deserves.”

She believes Valdez should stay behind bars two years for every dog who was hurt.

Sen. Jim Tedisco announced plans earlier this week to introduce a bill ensuring longer prison sentences for animal abusers.


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