BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - A man has been convicted of beating his then-girlfriend's 10-month-old pit bull puppy to death when it knocked over a drink and bit his finger.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Tuesday that 30-year-old Jeffery C. Hall Jr. is convicted of aggravated animal cruelty. Bradenton police say Hall was disciplining 10-month-old Toby for knocking over a drink in October 2017 when Toby reportedly bit Hall on the finger. Hall then beat Toby to death.
The Bradenton Herald reports police began investigating Toby's death when a veterinarian reported suspected abuse. Toby's autopsy showed "injuries consistent with being beat with a fist, kicked or stomped and hit with an unknown object." Toby also had a collapsed lung and ruptured liver.
Hall faces up to a year in jail when sentenced on Oct. 17.