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Martin County man convicted of animal cruelty will never get to own a dog again

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A Martin County man who neglected several dogs will never be able to own a dog again after being convicted of felony animal cruelty.

According to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, Jerry Tillman, 67, was convicted this week of felony animal cruelty after neglecting four dogs, two which had to be euthanized. Police say he will also be placed on 3-years of felony probation, serve 120 hours of community service, and pay restitution to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast.

In August, investigators said one of Tillman’s Yorkshire Terriers got loose, and when they traced the dog back to Tillman they discovered 3 more dogs in equally neglected conditions. The dogs were malnourished, flea-infested, with sparse hair. One was also suffering from vision loss.

“One would wonder why even have a dog in the first place if you’re not going to take care of it,” said Major John Budensiek.

Two of the dogs had to be put down while the other two dogs were taken to the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast for rehabilitation and are expected to soon be available for adoption.