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A Maricopa County judge sentenced a Phoenix man to 90 days in jail Thursday for killing and beheading a puppy, according to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
DeCarlos Jones, 29, pleaded guilty in November to felony animal cruelty charges.
Police arrested Jones in September after Jones was accused of killing a 6-month-old puppy he shared with his girlfriend.
Jones admitted to beating and stabbing the puppy to death in the bathtub after becoming angry that the puppy had urinated on the floor, police said in court documents.
Jones then decapitated the puppy and placed its head on the table for his girlfriend to see, according to court documents.
Jones told police he was angry at his girlfriend for talking to another man at work, and he claimed to suffer from PTSD and bipolar disorder, according to court documents.
Following his 90-day jail sentence, Jones will serve three years of supervised probation that includes domestic violence and animal cruelty terms.
Jones was convicted of the most serious felony charges that could be imposed, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said in a statement. But it wasn’t enough, Montgomery said.
“I look forward to changes in our criminal laws that will allow us to meet community expectations in punishing this vicious type of behavior,” Montgomery said.
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