A Bancroft man convicted of killing his dog with a hammer has been sentenced to jail and probation.
Judge Robert Shannon sentenced 28-year-old Cody Phillips to 75 days in jail and 18 months probation in the case, after Phillips pleaded not contest Tuesday to reduced charges of intentionally mistreating animals and disorderly conduct.
According to prosecutors, Phillips woke up January 19 of 2014 to find that his dog defecated and urinated in his mobile home. When he tried pulling the pet outside by its collar, the dog growled and Phillips panicked and struck the animal. The dog was later found dead with blows to the head.
Phillips will be eligible for both work release and electronic monitoring and won’t be allowed to own or keep animals while on probation. If Phillips violates that probation, he could be back in jail for another nine months.
Raymond Neupert, WSAU