(Kekoskee) A Kekoskee woman was sentenced Monday to a year in jail with work release privileges for starving a dog until it died. Abigail Billings entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Mistreatment of Animals. A misdemeanor charge of Failure to Provide Food for an Animal was dismissed but read into the record. In November, authorities were called to the residence of Billings after her landlord found the skinny, malnourished dog dead and covered in flies in a crate inside the garage. The 27-year-old initially told authorities that a friend was supposed to be watching the dog but later admitted that she lied saying it was the first thing she thought of when she learned law enforcement was involved. Billings told investigators that she was trying to go out to the garage every couple days to check on the dog, which she had for about one year and apparently never took to a veterinarian. Doctors found no evidence of medical problems that would have contributed to the dog’s demise and reported with 95-percent certainty that the dog had starved to death. In addition to jail, Billings was placed on probation for three years and she cannot own a dog for five years.