UPDATE 2/11: According to PETA, Adriane Mason was sentenced to spend six months in jail and three years of supervised probation, during which time he's prohibited from owning any animals.


PORTSMOUTH -- A Portsmouth man was found guilty of cruelty to animals Tuesday after his dog was found starved to death.

According to Bill Prince of the Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's office, PETA volunteers discovered the dog at the home of Adriane Mason in February.

PETA says their volunteers discovered a plastic crate with a doghouse pushed up against it. The crate contained a lifeless 4-year-old pit bull, Dynasty, and also a male pit bull mix named Blue, who was still alive and trapped in the crate with Dynasty's remains.

Blue, the surviving dog, suffered from malnutrition, and his white paws were stained yellow from being forced to stand in urine-soaked straw, PETA says.

Blue was transferred to the Virginia Beach SPCA and was quickly adopted.

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