Published: Aug 22, 2012 6:00 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 22, 2012 6:05 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Kevin Gdowik finally had his day in court. The former PetSmart employee plead guilty to 2 felony charges of animal cruelty.

"Unfortunately, it's very common and it doesn't make you feel any better about it," said Glenn Johnson with Lee County Animal Services.

He now faces 31 days in the county jail and will be on probation for ten.  Deputies arrested Gdowik last year when they found a dog, Nala, locked up and left to die inside the home.

The dog was was emaciated, was covered in fleas and had an open wound on its leg.  Another dog, Hershey, was found buried in his back yard.

A friend had left both dogs in his care.

"It was almost like he was trying to teach his friend a lesson," said Johnson.

According to the arrest report, "Gdowik admitted he even had the ability to get rid of the dogs because he works for PetSmart but continued to provide sub-par living conditions for the two dogs..."

Glenn Johnson with Lee County Domestic Animal Services was there when Hershey's body was exhumed.

"The problem isn't just him, it's all the other people you don't know about that shouldn't have animals," he said.