AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas man who was charged with killing a neighbor’s pet dog has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the man’s attorney says he has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the May 19 incident.
The Associated Press could not immediately reach the man for comment.
The victim, identified as Daniel S. Meeks, had a pet cat named Molly that was attacked by Meeks’ pet cat.
He was able to capture video of the attack and sent it to police.
Police say Meeks killed Molly with a shovel and a hatchet, but the victim’s family says he never used a hatchett.
The judge in the case, David Brown, ordered Meeks to spend 15 years behind bars.
Brown also ordered Meesons wife, Brittany, and son, Isaiah, to serve two years each.
The judge also ordered the two to pay the victim $50,000 in restitution.
The Associated Press is not naming Meeks because the case is still under investigation.