PRESTONSBURG - A man who was charged with cruelty to animals in January for grossly neglecting the care of his shih tzu dog pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday and was ordered to pay for the animal's medical care, which topped off at over $3,000.
Jimmy Smith, 56, of Martin, agreed to the final judgment that was worked out with County Attorney Keith Bartley. The deal calls for him to be hooked up for home incarceration on Monday for a period of 30 days. He will also be on supervised probation for an additional two years, which carries specific terms that will see him incarcerated for 180 days if they are violated.
The conditions of his release include that he not possess an animal of any type for two years and that he make restitution to the Beaver Creek Animal Clinic for the dog's care which totaled $3,235.
A standard fine of $100 was waived, though Smith will still have to pay court costs.
His arrest followed an early January incident in which he dropped off the dog for grooming. Smith told the staff at the clinic that he wanted to breed the animal and they proceeded to shear the dog and discovered that its fur had become so matted that it was impossible for the animal to urinate or defecate. Upon removing fur from one leg, they observed that a section of the leg had lost all skin, tendon and muscle, leaving bone exposed.
The clinic contacted Floyd County Animal Control Officer David Shepherd. His investigation led to the charge filed against Smith.
As part of the agreement, Smith also forfeited the animal to the Beaver Creek facility, which has been charged with the dog's care since the arrest.