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Man faces 16 years for cruelty

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POSTED March 28, 2014 7:44 p.m.

SACRAMENTO  (AP) — A Northern California man faces 16 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of torturing and killing dogs.

Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Hilary Bagley-Franzoia said Friday that during the weeklong trial, 47-year-old Robert Lee Brian’s neighbors testified that he repeatedly abused his pit bull terrier — punching, hitting and choking the dog as well as withholding food and water.

Bagley-Franzoia says the dog survived its injuries but has lost vision in its right eye.

Brian was arrested in October after a neighbor called authorities to report suspected abuse.

An animal control officer subsequently found the remains of three dogs in Brian’s backyard.

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