San Antonio man gets jail for beating wife's dog

August 6, 2013 5:15:42 AM PDT
A South Texas man has been sentenced to 18 months in state jail for beating and neglecting his wife's 4-year-old Labrador retriever.

Witnesses told San Antonio police that 32-year-old Joe Anthony Rabago of San Antonio told them he could do whatever he wanted with the pet.

The San Antonio Express-News reports Rabago was supposed to be watching the female dog for his spouse. The pet had to be euthanized about a week after the mid-2012 attack.

Rabago in June pleaded no contest to non-livestock animal cruelty for the beating that left the animal with a broken back and broken ribs. He was sentenced Monday.

The defense sought probation.

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