Chico's Original Owner Sentenced to One Year

By Scott Sarvay

September 27, 2011 Updated Sep 27, 2011 at 12:48 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Fort Wayne man who pleaded guilty to neglecting his daughter, possession of marijuana and cruelty to an animal has been sentenced to a year in prison.

The story of the starved Chihuahua named "Chico" gripped the community for weeks.

19-year-old Antonio Morales was sentenced to a year in prison and a year on probation and must reimburse Animal Care and Control $147 for tending to the dog, who was adopted by his rescuing officer.

Morales' daughter is with family

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