A Dorchester man has been sentenced to six months in jail for neglecting his dog to the point where it was in such poor condition it had to be euthanized, Suffolk prosecutors said today.

Dana Thomson, 34, pleaded guilty in Dorchester District Court last week to two counts of cruelty to animals on charges of failing to provide food or medical care to his dog, Braun.

Judge Robert Baylor sentenced him to six months in jail, plus 2 1/2 years if he gets in trouble again within three years of being released, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement.

After his release, Thomson must report regularly to the probation department, submit to random urine tests proving that he remains free of drugs and alcohol, and perform 50 hours of community service.

Prosecutors said Thomson brought Braun inside after Boston Animal Control officers went to his home for a complaint regarding the injured dog in the back yard. He left Braun in the basement, and a family member transported it to the MSPCA-Angell Animal Hospital two days later.

Veterinary staff said Braun was emaciated from lack of food and had more than a dozen open wounds, including one large sore that was infected to the point where muscle and nerve tissue were exposed.

He was euthanized. A necropsy found no illness or disease that would have caused the wounds.

“The only explanation was prolonged neglect,” Conley said in the statement.

Thomson told MSPCA law enforcement officers that he noticed Braun’s extreme weight loss and lethargy, but he continued to only feed him table scraps due to financial problems.

“It was a heartbreaking case,” Conley said. “This was a creature that should have had a long and healthy life but its last weeks were spent in hunger and pain.”

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