Man who pleaded guilty to beating, killing dog sentenced to 1 year in jail


The man who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges after authorities say he videotaped himself torturing and then fatally shooting his girlfriend's dog was sentenced to a year in jail Monday.

Anthony Sather, 24, of Princeton, was accused of killing Draco, his then-girlfriend's Siberian husky mix, last December. He was charged in January after officials found three videos that appeared to show him beating the animal.

They also found he was in possession of medication that wasn't prescribed to him.

He pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and drug possession charges in June, and on Monday he was sentenced to one year in jail with credit for time served, and four years of supervised probation, according to a news release from the Sherburne County Attorney's Office.

He's expected to be released from jail in about a month, the news station notes.

Draco’s death prompted a huge outcry, with activists launching a “Justice for Draco” campaign that saw more than 120,000 sign an online petition.

Throughout the legal proceedings, protesters would gather outside court holding signs that read "Justice for Draco" and "No excuse for animal abuse".

About 20 supporters for "Justice for Draco" gathered outside court Monday holding similar signs.

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