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Animal abuse case ends in 4-year prison term

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A Pinellas Park man was sentence to four years in prison Friday for the severe abuse of his wife’s dog, the Pinellas Park Police Department reported.

Todd Walker, who is a registered sex offender after being convicted of lewd or lascivious battery on a victim 12-15 years old, was initially arrested in 2012 after being accused of causing severe injuries to the then-5-month-old dog, Beau.

The original charging document states that Walker inflicted multiple injuries upon the dog between the dates of May 16 and June 19 of 2012. The injuries consisted of two broken bones to the dog’s left lower leg, along with a broken upper bone to the left upper leg, and a small skull fracture.

The charging document continues that Walker was observed drop-kicking the dog in the air approximately 5 to 6 feet across the living room on one occasion and throwing the dog on the couch and hitting it multiple times.

The dog’s left leg had to be amputated as a result of the abuse and it was observed to be in a state of fear when the defendant was present.

Walker was found guilty last week following a three-day jury trial, and Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court Judge Christine Helinger levied the four-year sentence

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