MAYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of the Southern California city of Maywood has been convicted of animal cruelty for failing to care for his gravely ill dog.
Ramon Medina Mojarro was found guilty Tuesday of one count of animal cruelty and one count of failure to care for an animal.
Los Angeles County prosecutors say Mojarro’s pitbull mix was suffering from a chronic illness but had not been taken to a veterinarian for a long time.
Prosecutors say the dog, which Mojarro kept at his auto shop, was emaciated, had severe muscle wasting, couldn’t walk or eat and had to be euthanized in 2015.
Mojarro, who was not mayor at the time, could face up to one year in jail when he returns to court for sentencing on Sept. 7.