- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - A 23-year-old man described by his lawyer as a homeless Army veteran has been sentenced to the maximum six months for kicking his black Labrador puppy so hard he broke the dog’s leg.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/P2o8ho) that John Terry Repich surrendered ownership of the dog on Wednesday after pleading guilty to misdemeanor second-degree animal abuse.

Eugene’s Greenhill Humane Society used grant money to pay for emergency surgery on the 3-month-old pup’s left front leg. An animal control officer says the dog named Tao is expected to be make a full recovery and will be put up for adoption.

Springfield, Oregon, Municipal Judge Richard Curtis said Repich will be released after four months if he’s able to pay $538 in restitution to the city. Repich apologized, saying he was very drunk when he kicked the dog last month.

Public defender Andrew Kraushaar says his client served an eight-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and receives military disability benefits. The lawyer says Repich has no other income and intends to pay his court fines with the veterans’ compensation.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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