Giants LB Pierce pleads guilty to animal neglect

Antonio Pierce was accused of neglecting dog week before Super Bowl
March 28, 2008 10:03:45 AM PDT
A member of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants has pleaded guilty to neglecting his pet pit bulls.Middle linebacker Antonio Pierce appeared in municipal court in Monroe Township on Thursday and agreed to pay a $1,300 fine.

Authorities say one of the dogs was severely underweight and suffering from a respiratory illness. They also say Pierce and his girlfriend let the dogs run loose and failed to get them rabies shots.

Jocelyn Maldanado also pleaded guilty and was fined $1,300.

A lawyer for the couple says the dogs were given away as part of the plea agreement.

The dogs were discovered running around a neighbor's yard in late January, the week before the Giants upset New England to win the Super Bowl.