- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A 60-year-old man has been convicted of beating a Yorkshire terrier to death with a cane.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2fbFMkH ) that a Rhode Island Superior Court jury on Tuesday found Nicola Patalano guilty of felony malicious injury to a 10-pound Yorkie named Missy.

Prosecutors say a woman was walking the dog in the city of Cranston in 2014 when she encountered Patalano walking his own dog, a 20-pound terrier. After the two dogs began barking at each other, prosecutors say Patalano struck Missy with a wooden cane on her head and body. The dog was pronounced dead at a local animal hospital.

Patalano faces up to two years in prison at sentencing.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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