LANCASTER (CNS) — An ex-con who had a dozen starving Chihuahuas at his property in the Antelope Valley was sentenced Thurs­day to seven years in state prison after pleading no contest to animal cruel­ty and other counts.

Ignacio Jesus Adame, 43, entered his plea to three counts each of cruelty to an animal and possession of a firearm by a felon, along with one count of making criminal threats, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Adame threatened to shoot water company em­ploy­ees who went to his prop­erty on Nov. 21 to dis­connect the meter, re­sulting in his arrest.

Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant at the home in Neenach as a re­sult of the threat and dis­cov­ered 12 starving dogs, 23 firearms, large-capacity mag­azines and thousands of rounds of ammunition, ac­cording to Deputy Dis­trict Attorney Amarilla Blondia.

The dogs were seized by the Los Angeles County De­part­ment of Animal Care and Control, nursed back to health and were eventually adopted.

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