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Veterinary Worker Charged For Allegedly Starving German Shepherd

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Tue, May 11, 2010 at 4:35 PM

  • German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County
  • Courage.
A veterinary worker was charged Tuesday with cruelty to an animal after authorities found a nearly starved German shepherd in her home last month. The Los Angeles District Attorney's office filed a criminal complaint containing one count of cruelty against 26-year-old Kimberly Kimiko Nizato. She immediately pleaded not guilty, according to the D.A.'s office.

She remained free in lieu of $20,000 bail and as due back in court May 25. Nizato could face as many as three years behind bars if the prosecution is successful.

The dog, named Bosco, was "rescued" from the defendants home April 6. Authorities claim the pet had no food in its system and that a veterinarian found dirt and rocks in his stomach.

The canine is now in the care of German Shephard Rescue of Orange County, which renamed him Courage. The group reports that he is "defying the odds and responding very quickly to treatment and care," according to its website.

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