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Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg prosecuting man who allegedly starved dog

For the first time since taking office, elected Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg is prosecuting a felony animal cruelty trial himself.

"He is passionate about animals," Aronberg spokesman Mike Edmondson said.

Anthony Herring is on trial accused of starving a three-year-old pit bull named Bella in Suburban Delray Beach.

Investigators say they found Bella near death with her ribs showing and bugs all over her. She was chained to a fence.

"I vomited the first time I saw those pictures," Bella's foster mother Caela Hayak said.

Jury selection for the trial took a full day on Monday.

Some of the potential jurors recognized Aronberg.

"It is hard enough to get an impartial jury as a defense lawyer. To try a case. To have an open mind. Is a jury thinking 'hey the state attorney is trying the case himself.'  What does that mean?" News Channel 5 legal analyst Michelle Suskauer said.

Bella is now living with a new owner and is a healthy and normal weight.

"She is a sweetheart. She is so good with my kids. A nut ball. She runs crazy," new owner Crystal Barany said.

Opening statements for the trial are expected on Tuesday.

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