CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Hancock County dog that survived a torturous owner has been named the mascot of 2013's National Justice for Animals Week.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund said Sunny, a small gray poodle mix, from New Cumberland, would help them raise awareness about animal cruelty from Monday through Feb. 24.
Authorities rescued the small dog from Jeffrey Allan Nally Jr., 21, who was convicted of nine counts of animal cruelty in 2011. He is serving concurrent sentences of 10 to 25 years in prison.
Nally would collect dogs from "free to good home" ads and then force his girlfriend to watch as he tortured and killed them, police said. Authorities allegedly found 29 dead dogs on Nally's property, all apparently killed by sadistic methods.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund said Sunny now lives with new owners and a dog companion. He struggles with anxiety issues, but is friendly and gentle, the organization said.For information about National Justice for Animals Week, visit www.aldf.org/njaw.