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Man sentenced to year in jail for kicking, stomping his dog

Man sentenced to a year in prison for beating his dog
Man who kicked, stomped his dog gets one year in prison, ordered to take animal cruelty classes

A man who was caught by deputies kicking and stomping his dog has been sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to attend animal cruelty classes, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Sheriff's deputies driving through an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County on March 5 said they spotted Eric James Fowler, 40, beating what appeared to be a white object.

As the deputies neared, they realized the object was a dog and ordered Fowler to stop.

With help from deputies, the injured dog was put into a patrol car and taken for medical attention.

In addition to the one-year sentence, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marcelita V. Haynes sentenced Fowler to three years of formal probation and ordered him to pay $300 in restitution and attend 48 animal cruelty classes.

In addition, the dog owner cannot own an animal for the next 10 years.

Fowler pleaded no-contest to one felony count of animal cruelty on March 20.

The district attorney's office did not have an update on the dog's condition.  

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