Washington state man gets six months for beating dog

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TACOMA, Wash. — A Washington state man who beat a neighbor’s dog with a hatchet after luring it with treats has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Ricky Lee Knowles, 55, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in July to first-degree animal cruelty, officials said.

Prosecutors say Orting police were called after neighbors saw the Pierce County man beat the dog in March. They say police found the dog — Kona — in Knowles’ garage tied to a pole, bleeding from severe wounds to his head and neck. They said animal control officers had to cut a piece of wire from around the dog’s neck.

Dog owner Sam Hokanson said Knowles had complained about the dog’s barking, but the men had spoken and Hokanson thought they had come to an agreement.

Prosecutors had asked for a 12-month sentence.

Credit: The Associated Press.