A Kelowna man who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty has been sentenced to one day in jail.

Roland Maxson, 68, surrendered his cocker spaniel to the Kelowna SPCA in September 2014.

The SPCA referred the dog to a veterinarian because of concerns with its condition.

A veterinarian reportedly put the dog down because it had been suffering with severe infections and could not be saved.

Maxson was charged with causing unnecessary pain/suffering to an animal, failing to provide necessaries for an animal as an owner and causing an animal to continue to be in distress.

Maxson pleaded guilty to causing an animal to continue to be in distress.

Maxson repeatedly missed court dates prior to his sentencing, most recently on Feb. 22 when a warrant was issued for his arrest.

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