- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state appeals court says a man convicted of animal torture for striking his dog in the head with a hammer can be barred from possessing animals for a year.

The Iowa Court of Appeals on Wednesday said a judge’s sentence for George Harrington was reasonable because it protects the community’s interest in stopping animal abuse.

Harrington, of Mason City, was charged with animal torture in July 2015. He spent two days in jail and was sentenced to probation with no animals for a year.

He appealed saying his granddaughter living with him has a pet and he’d either have to move or she’d have to give up her pet.

Harrington claims his dog became ill but he couldn’t afford to take it to a veterinarian to be euthanized.

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