A Troy Hill man was sentenced today to between nine and 23 months in the Allegheny County Jail after he publicly beat his dog to death in January.
Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Judge Donald E. Machen sentenced Darwin Jones, 60, on a cruelty to animals charge. Jones will also serve concurrent probation for one year.
The charge carried a statutory maximum of 24 months in prison.
Prosecutors said neighbors saw Jones beat the 5-year-old German shepherd named Wolfe in the head and body with a 6-foot pry bar. One neighbor told police she saw Jones hit the dog 30-40 times, prosecutors said.
Jones used the sharp end of the pry bar to stab the dog through its rib cage, prosecutos said.
The dog was alive when it was stabbed, according to the necropsy conducted by veterinarian Georgia Nakovich.
"This was without doubt an excruciating painful inhumane suffering way to death," Ms. Nakovich wrote in her opinion.
The veterinarian found that the stab wound was fatal but prosecutors said Jones continued beating the dog with the pry bar until it died.
Jones was given 30 days to surrender his other dog, but after his failure to do so and his wife's refusal to let the police take the dog, Judge Machen ordered Jones to begin serving his sentence immediately.
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