BELLFLOWER (CBS/AP) — A Bellflower woman accused of nearly starving her German Shepherd to death has been ordered to stand trial.
The Orange County Register reported that Superior Court Judge Richard Goul found sufficient evidence Tuesday following a preliminary hearing to hold Kimberly Nizato over for trial.
Nizato was arrested in April and charged with animal cruelty after her dog was found in a severely emaciated state, weighing just 37 pounds, about half of his normal weight.
The veterinarian who treated the dog, now named Courage, said his bowels were impacted with dirt, which had debilitated him to near death.
Thanks to blood transfusions, IV fluids and a high-calorie diet, Courage is up to 85 pounds and is living with a new family and a canine companion.
Nizato is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 28.
Nizato works as a veterinarian’s aide, according to authorities.
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