from The Arizona Republic

Nev. man to jail for killing neighbor’s puppy

Oct. 12, 2009 03:01 PM, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. – A Nevada man has been sentenced to up to 2½ years in jail for killing his neighbor’s puppy.

Daniel Thomas Wells earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of “killing an animal of another” in the beating death of the 6-month-old chihuahua in May.

Washoe County Deputy District Attorney Derek Dreiling says the case was elevated to felony status because there was evidence of malice. He says Wells had been drinking, had a bad day at work and ended up acting inappropriately when the neighbor’s dog got on his nerves.

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