Stratford man sentenced to eight years in animal cruelty case

Bentley Valdez appears at his sentencing hearing Thursday.

FULTON COUNTY, NY – A Stratford man learned his sentence in an animal cruelty case Wednesday.

Bentley Valdez was convicted back in February on charges including two counts of aggravated cruelty and fifteen counts of failure to provide sustenance or care. he's also now barred from ever owning an animal.

Police say last April say they removed 22 dogs from Valdez’s property in the Town of Stratford. Nine of them were dead,13 were emaciated.

"Mr. Valdez, no sentence I can impose would be adequate when one considers the pain, fear and misery that these dogs must've had to endure,” said Fulton County Judge Polly Hoye as she sentenced Valdez.

"They were in deplorable conditions, on dog that passed away later, she couldn't even move,” said Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown.

Valdez was sentenced to 8 years, but it's likely he'll end up serving two years, because right now, that's the most the state law allows.

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