Couple enter court pleas for cutting off dog's leg

Couple enter court pleas for cutting off dog's leg
A 1-year-old male black lab mix, named Onyx, suffers from a severed back leg in this photo provided by Kern County Animal Control on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A couple entered no contest pleas Wednesday for cutting off their dog's leg.

Alberto Castenada, 51, and Maria Banuelos, 59, tried an at-home amputation after the dog was hit by a car or injured in some other way. His severed leg was infested with maggots, and he suffered from apparent pelvic injuries. He was also dehydrated, with only muddy water to drink when Kern County Animal Control officials rescued him Aug. 31 from a home on the eastern edge of Bakersfield.

The 1-year-old male black lab mix was named Onyx by rescue personnel and taken to an orthopedic veterinary specialist in Southern California, where he's made a remarkable recovery.

Castenada pleaded no contest in Kern County court to a felony count of cruelty to an animal and a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence. Four charges were dismissed.

Banuelos pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals. A felony charge against her was dismissed.

Both are set for sentencing in January.