A Middletown woman who left her 2-year-old dog tied up with no water and only cornflakes for food was sentenced to prison.

Earlier this year an Orange County Jury found 33-year-old Joselina Brucelis, of Middeltown guilty of animal cruelty.

Brucelis deprived her pit-bull, Shadow, of food, water, veterinary care, and shelter adequate to maintain the dog’s health and comfort.

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Brucelis tied the dog to a pole in her basement with a choke collar so small it became implanted in Shadow’s neck. The collar caused a substantial gash around the dog’s neck, as well as swelling to Shadow’s head, face, and neck.

Officials say, the owner failed to seek veterinary care, despite the dog’s obvious need for medical attention. In October of 2014, a roommate of Brucelis called Middletown Animal Control to report the dog’s abuse.

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler recommended a one year prison sentence, the maximum sentence for an animal cruelty crime.

Brucelis was sentenced to 180 days in jail and ordered to pay $658 in restitution to a veterinarian and animal shelter in connection with her animal neglect.

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