- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man has been sentenced to a year in jail for beating his 4-month-old puppy so badly that she had to be euthanized.

Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson says Dwayne Gentles brutalized the little pit bull, named Brandy, for much of her short life.

She suffered 13 broken ribs, a jaw fracture that prevented her from eating, and two broken legs.

Witnesses said they often heard her whimpering.

Gentles was sentenced Thursday for a misdemeanor, injuring an animal. The jury acquitted him of felony aggravated animal cruelty charges.

Prosecutors say the emaciated, flea-ridden puppy was barely conscious when Gentles finally brought her to a veterinarian in December 2012.

On doctors’ advice, Brandy was euthanized.

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