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Man sentenced for beating dog outside City Hall

Meghann M. Cuniff
The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. - A man who beat a dog outside City Hall last summer will be released next week after spending about four months in Spokane County Jail.

Michael J. Jones, 20, pleaded guilty to first-degree animal cruelty Wednesday in Spokane County Superior Court and received credit for time already served behind bars while waiting for the case to get to court.

The felony conviction came nearly six months after surveillance video showed Jones slam a Shih Tzu against Spokane City Hall after smashing out a car window and pulling the dog from the vehicle by its leash.

"I'm sorry that my emotions got out of control," Jones said in court, turning to look at the dog's owner, Tom Tuffin. "I apologize for my behavior." >>More

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