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.