- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) - A north Florida man faces up to five years in prison for punching and tossing a puppy out of the window of his vehicle.

Local news outlets reports that Putnam County jurors deliberated for 15 minutes Tuesday before convicting 42-year-old Michael Dalton of animal cruelty. He will be sentenced next month.

Witnesses say Dalton punched the puppy several times in the head and then threw the puppy by the nape of the neck out the window. The puppy ran into some nearby woods where it died.

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