HILLSBORO, Missouri -- An eastern Missouri man has been sentenced to 40 days in jail for using a hockey stick to strangle a dog.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 53-year-old Steven Brunello was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in December to a felony animal abuse charge. He was also placed on probation for five years.
Brunello, of Jefferson County, told authorities that he killed a dog that had been in a fight with another dog in November 2009. He said the dog attacked him after he tried to break up the fight.
But a deputy who went to the scene said there was no sign of a dog fight or of injuries to Brunello.