Couple sentenced to jail for cutting off dog's leg

Couple sentenced to jail for cutting off dog's leg
A 1-year-old male black lab mix, named Onyx, suffers from a severed back leg in this photo provided by Kern County Animal Control on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A husband and wife were sentenced Wednesday for cutting off their dog's leg.

Alberto Castenada, 51, and Maria Banuelos, 59, tried an at-home amputation after the dog was hit by a car or injured in some other way.

The dog's severed leg was infested with maggots, and he suffered from apparent pelvic injuries when Kern County Animal Control officers rescued him Aug. 31 from a home on the eastern edge of Bakersfield. He was also dehydrated, with only muddy water to drink.

The 1-year-old male black lab mix was named Onyx by rescue personnel and taken to an orthopedic veterinary specialist in Southern California, where he's made a remarkable recovery.

See Onyx on the mend >>

Castenada was sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation. He pleaded no contest in October to a felony count of cruelty to an animal and a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence. Four charges were dismissed.

Banuelos was sentenced to five days in jail with credit for time served.

Video of Onyx rehabilitating at The Barkley Pet Hotel in Westlake Village, Calif.: