SAN DIEGO – A 60-year-old man was sentenced for attempting to poison his neighbor’s four Boxers, San Diego Humane Society said Wednesday.

The owner of the dogs noticed that Max, one of his Boxers, was eating a meat sandwich filled with bright green rat poison blocks and crystals in late July 2011, Kelli Herwehe of the Humane Society said.

Max was immediately rushed to the veterinarian and was monitored closely for four days, she said. He survived and does not show signs of permanent illness.

“It’s unacceptable to treat animals in this manner,” said Randy Lawrence, Director of Humane Law Enforcement for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.  

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Humane Society investigated the incident and made a case against Danny Tran.  Tran plead guilty to one count of felony animal abuse on January 24. 

Tran was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to pay a fine and will be unable to own an animal for three years, Herwehe said.

“We take these instances of animal abuse and neglect very seriously and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law when we find intentional acts of cruelty have occurred,” Lawrence said.