RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. -- (WPTV) -- “I've been in this business almost 20 years and I've never seen anything like that before,” Paws 2 Help veterinarian technician Karen Stiengel said in court Thursday about the day a dog named Bruno was brought into her care.
A Palm Beach County jury found Kathryn Portman guilty of abusing and abandoning Bruno.
Joseph Doering, an employee at Sands Hotel in Singer Island, brought Bruno to Paws 2 Help in January 2016 after he says he found Bruno alone in Portman's hotel room.
“A room with a bunch of garbage, a mess, and a dog that was really badly malnourished,” Doering said in court describing Portman's room. Portman reportedly stayed at the Sands Hotel on and off for nine months in 2015 and 2016.
Doering went into Portman's room after she checked out and found Bruno. He tried caring for him but then took him the next day to the clinic.
“There was no fat on this dog whatsoever. There were body sores. There were maggots coming out of the ears,” Stiengel testified.
Bruno died later that day at Paws 2 Help and Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control began investigating.