Langley man sentenced in neglect case

A Langley man was found guilty in Island County District Court Tuesday of second-degree animal cruelty for extreme neglect of a pet dog.

Brett Wrenchy, 43, was sentenced to serve 120 days in jail, pay a mandatory penalty of $1,000 and was banned from owning, possessing or caring for a dog for two years.

Wrenchy had served 20 days at the time of his arrest before he made bail. He was back in jail on a bench warrant at the time of his hearing date for appearing late at his first hearing Aug. 1.

According to deputy county prosecutor Josh Choate, those days count as time served. Wrenchy is also responsible for the $250 bill for his court-appointed attorney.

Wrenchy was denied time off to visit his family before starting his jail sentence.

He was arrested June 6 for failing to provide for his dog -- a spayed female Bouvier -- with the necessary, food, water, shelter, sanitation and medical care. The dog, recovered barely alive from Wrenchy's residence, later had to be euthanized.

Wrenchy pled guilty to an animal cruelty charge at his hearing this week and was denied a reduction in bail by Judge Peter Strow. He had plead not guilty at his arraignment on June 17.

Choate said he felt the case against Wrenchy was solid and clear.

"It was the most egregious case of animal neglect I have seen in my two years at Island County," Choate said.

At the time of his arrest, Wrenchy told Island County Animal Control Officer Carol Barnes that the dog, named Cubby, had belonged to his brother, who had died in 1994. Noting that he had just been released from jail, Wrenchy said was unaware of the dog's condition. The dog, according to Barnes, lived under Wrenchy's home.

According veterinarian David Parent, who examined the dog after it was brought to his office by Barnes, the dog was severely ill and neglected. Parent estimated it to be approximately 14 years old and said it was unable to walk.

According to Parent's report, the dog had severe arthritis in all four legs, and was emaciated, weighing about 57 pounds. The normal weight for a dog that size and breed is between 70 and 80 pounds.

In his report Parent wrote the dog's coat was extremely matted with moss, filth, and twigs up to one-half inch in diameter were imbedded in her coat. She also suffered from a severe flea and maggot infestation.

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