A man accused of venting his his anger at his girlfriend by assaulting her dog has been sentenced to five years and four months in state prison.
Kurt Williams, 39, pleaded no contest to two counts of felony animal abuse and admitted to a prior strike conviction under California’s “three strikes” law for assault with a deadly weapon, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. He was sentenced Tuesday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Richard Sueyoshi.
Williams and his girlfriend lived together with the girlfriend’s 5-year-old female boxer. In February and March, Williams’ girlfriend noted that the dog had suffered a series of injuries, and the injuries appeared after she and Williams had a fight, the news release said. The injuries included broken ribs, bruising, swelling, hematomas requiring surgery and a dislocated hip that required surgery.
When the veterinarian’s office learned that the injuries occurred on occasions when the dog was alone with Williams, staff members encouraged the girlfriend to notify law enforcement officers, the news release said. She filed a report with the Galt Police Department and a warrant was issued for Williams’ arrest.
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When arrested, Williams was in possession of heroin and methamphetamine, according to the District Attorney’s Office.