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11-year-old Texas boy sentenced to probation in fatal dog beating: report

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS
MONDAY, AUGUST 31, 2015 7:27 PM GMT

An 11-year-old boy from Fort Worth has been sentenced in the May 11 beating death of a neighbor's dog, according to media reports.

The boy will serve 18 months of probation and 30 hours of community service on a charge of delinquent conduct/animal cruelty with an enhancement for the use of a deadly weapon, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday.

The boy was found guilty in July in a Tarrant County juvenile court of cornering Cookie, a 15-pound spaniel-poodle mix belonging to the family of neighbor Jennifer Johnson Knittel, on another neighbor's porch and beating him to death with a stick. He was sentenced Monday, according to the Star-Telegram.

Animal control officials later told Knittel that the dog suffered a crushed skull and severed spinal cord, the Star-Telegram reported.

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Knittel said a neighbor witness told police that she saw Cookie and another dog hiding underneath a truck. The witness later returned to find Cookie dead on the porch with the boy standing by.

"We are heartbroken and speechless!" Knittel said in a Facebook post.

Knittel told WFAA that she and her boyfriend had put Cookie and the family's other dog in their fenced backyard. She told the news station that she believes the boy entered the yard and chased the dogs out before beating Cookie.

The boy's father told WFAA that his son was attacked.

Since the incident, Knittel has received an outpouring of support on her Facebook page.

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