A Texas man has been sentenced to over a year in prison after he was found guilty on Friday of burning his puppy on a hot stove as punishment.
A jury sentenced Bradley Glenn Boley of Dallas County to 15 months for animal cruelty charges stemming from the 2014 death of his two and a half month old Chihuahua named Buddy.
A witness in the trial testified that Boley had placed the puppy in a plastic kennel on the stove after the dog bit the 61-year-old.
"His body temperature was so hot, he was covered in plastic… melted plastic," that witness, Jerrod Foote, tearfully told a courtroom on Wednesday.
According to CBS DFW, Foote said the puppy suffered "very much… more than any animal I have ever seen in my entire life" and that he chose to testify against his friend because "Buddy had no voice and I wanted the truth to be known."
A veterinarian testefied at the trial that Buddy was burned on 100 percent of his body, forcing them to euthanize him.
Boley did not testify but told police the stove had been broken for about a year and a half. He also denied having turned on the heat and speculated that the puppy himself had slipped a paw through the kennel and inadvertantly switched it on.
A jury of 10 men and two women deliberated for seven hours to find Boley guilty and another nearly two hours to agree on a punishment, reports the Dallas Morning News.
Boley will get credit for time served, which amounts to about a year, a defense attorney told the Morning News.
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