The Associated Press
A Washington state man who beat a neighbor’s dog with a hatchet after luring it with treats has been sentenced to six months in jail.
The Pierce County prosecutor’s office says 55-year-old Ricky Knowles was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in July to first-degree animal cruelty.
Prosecutors say Orting police were called after neighbors saw the Pierce County man beat the dog in March. They say police found the dog — Kona — in Knowles’ garage tied to a pole, bleeding from severe wounds to his head and neck. They say animal control officers had to cut a piece of wire from around the dog’s neck.
Dog owner Sam Hokanson says Knowles had complained about the dog’s barking, but the men had spoken and Hokanson thought they had come to an agreement.
Prosecutors had asked for a 12-month sentence.
Original post: The News Tribune / Tacoma
An Orting man who beat his neighbor’s dog with a hatchet is set to be sentenced this morning.
Pierce County prosecutors have said they will ask for the high end of the sentencing range for Ricky Lee Knowles, 55, which is one year in jail.
Pasado’s Safe Haven said a few demonstrators will gather outside the courthouse to ask for a stiff punishment.
Knowles pleaded guilty to first-degree animal cruelty Sept. 17. He was arrested March 20 after police found a neighbor’s 3-year-old dog, Kona, tied to a pole in his garage on Williams Street Northwest. The dog suffered a crushed skull and broken jaw, among other injuries.
Knowles did not say why he attacked the pup, but Kona’s owners – who have since moved from the neighborhood – said Knowles complained once about the dog barking.
Animal control officers who rescued Kona had to cut a pierce of wire matted with dog hair from around the dog’s neck. They found blood-splattered cutting tools, dog treats and a bloody garbage can when they served a search warrant at Knowles’ home after his arrest.