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ELKO – A Spring Creek man accused of locking a dog inside a trailer — for at least a week without food or water — has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge.

James M. Jury, 21, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 10 days in jail, pay a $500 fine and do community service for the January crime, according to Elko County Undersheriff Clair Morris.

Jury was already in custody on a parole violation.

Morris said a neighbor contacted authorities after noticing the dog was in the trailer and there were no footprints in the surrounding snow. When they arrived and opened the door, the emaciated dog, named Lily, bolted out and started eating snow to hydrate itself.

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“The dog’s doing fine now,” Morris said.

Jury was booked Tuesday on a charge of torturing, injuring, abandoning or starving an animal.

Morris said he pleaded guilty Wednesday in Elko Justice Court.

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