- 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.

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

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