AUBURN, Calif. (AP) -Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest won't face animal cruelty charges for allegedly failing to feed his dog, the Placer County district attorney's office said Friday.
Deputy District Attorney Jeff Wilson said there was insufficient evidence to charge either Artest or his wife, Kimsha, with animal cruelty or neglect.
``The evidence reviewed included witness statements, photographs and multiple reports from veterinarians,'' Wilson said in a written statement.
Animal services officers seized a Great Dane named Socks from Artest's mansion in February after weeks of complaints from neighbors that the dog appeared to be starving inside a gated area on Artest's $1.85 million estate in rural Loomis.
Wilson said evidence showed Artest wasn't at the home when Socks began to lose weight, and that he had hired two people to care for the dog while he was on the road with the Kings.
Subsequent examinations by a veterinarian found that Socks had a bone infection in a leg that would have contributed to the weight loss and a loss of appetite, Wilson said.
``After the dog was treated for the infection, it again regained its appetite and is now at a healthy weight,'' Wilson said.
Wilson said that because of Artest's busy travel schedule, he has allowed the dog to be adopted by a family approved by Placer County Animal Services.
County records showed that dogs owned by the NBA star have spent a total of 77 nights in the pound since July 2006, costing Artest nearly $2,000 in boarding and impound fees.
Artest still faces domestic battery charges stemming from a March 5 disturbance in which he was accused of grabbing a woman and pushing her down, then slapping her face and taking a phone from her when she tried to call 911. The woman was not named in the report, but the charges against Artest are for spousal abuse.
A hearing on charges of battery and corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime was postponed this week until May 3.
Artest signed with the Kings last January for $7.15 million this season and $7.8 million in 2007-08, with an $8.45 million player option for 2008-09.

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