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.

»RELATED STORY: Woman Who Allegedly Starved Dog To Stand Trial

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  1. Duh! says:

    A lengthy and extremely limited diet of bread and water seem to be the proper punishment in this case.

  2. porttabacco says:

    How about dressing her up like a criminal and allowing a Police dog to play cops and robbers with her?

  3. Therse says:

    Someone…please cage this woman & allow her to waste away to 37 lbs….I see nothing wrong with tit for tat. What a cruel wolf cloaked in sheep’s clothing.

  4. bcb says:

    The justice system needs to make an example out of this “person” to say that animal cruelty will not be tolerated. Hopefully, Courage is living a happy life with people who love him.

  5. Charlie says:

    She is a veterinarian, she was doing a field study to see the effect of no food nor water on a dog, she means no harm.

    1. CR says:

      Charlie: ARE YOU SERIOUS??? And, she is NOT a veterinarian. A field study? Where did you hear that? She means no harm? What planet are you from? Maybe you should volunteer to be her specimen! Really.

  6. mojo says:

    I hope they made her PAY for the dog’s treatment. I hope she pays in other ways too. And for those people who say it is JUST a dog ask people who use dogs as aides to get through life

  7. chic says:

    FIRST, she MUST be sterilized. THEN, left in the town square so that we can show our children what a HUMAN IS NOT.

  8. Therese says:

    CR….don’t engage with Charlie he/she wrote that only to interact with someone outside of his/her sad world. Just move on…it’s not worth it.

    1. CR says:

      Therese: Thank you.

  9. Therese says:

    CR.: You’re most welcome. I’ve seen far too many posts get heated & all this good energy is lost/wasted on NOTHING but faceless confrontations that do NOTHING for the greater good.
    Have a great night.🙂

  10. Therese says:

    @ CR.: You’re most welcome. I’ve seen far too many posts get heated & all this good energy is lost/wasted on NOTHING but faceless confrontations that do NOTHING for the greater good.
    Have a great night.🙂

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