Former Veterinary Technician Admits To Starving German Shepherd

NORWALK (CBS) — A former veterinary technician pleaded no contest Monday to felony animal cruelty after nearly starving her German shepherd to death last year.

Kimberly Kimiko Nizato of Bellflower is facing up to three years in state prison when she is sentenced on July 28. Nizato previously worked as a technician at a veterinary hospital.

The dog, renamed Courage, was kept in an animal carrier case in Nizato’s garage, animal control officials said. A veterinarian determined there was no evidence of food in his system, but that hair dirt and rocks were found in his stomach, authorities said.

It was unclear exactly how long Courage, who weighed 37 pounds when he was found on April 6, 2010, went without food, Southeast Area Animal Control Authority Capt. Aaron Reyes said.

Courage underwent extensive emergency treatment, including blood and plasma transfusions, according to the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. He has since been adopted.

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