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Pierce pleads guilty, agrees to pay $1,300 fine

MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- 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 said one of the dogs was severely underweight and
suffering from a respiratory illness. They also said 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 said 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 the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.