- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) - A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to eight months in jail for killing his sister’s pit bull with a shotgun.

Kobe Hanns of Conklin was sentenced in Broome County Court Wednesday. State police say Hanns had been fighting with his sister on Jan. 2 because her dog, Dozer, kept urinating in their house. Police say he threatened to kill the 4-year-old dog, then took it outside and shot it in the head.

Judge Kevin Dooley found Hanns guilty of felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and third-degree criminal mischief after a bench trial in June. Dooley had sole discretion over sentencing on Wednesday.

Defense attorney Mike Garzo sought leniency, saying it was a “one-time anger” event.

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell says animal cruelty cases are taken seriously.

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