GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Gainesville man has been sentenced to 270 days in jail after pleading no contest to an aggravated animal cruelty charge in the beating death of his puppy.
The Gainesville Sun reports 25-year-old Meldwige Gregoire was also sentenced Wednesday to 42 months of probation and ordered to take anger management classes.
Gregoire was arrested in June on the charge after an Alachua County Animal Services’ investigation.
Police say Gregoire and his girlfriend adopted the 4-month-old pit bull mix June 11 from Animal Services. Gregoire returned the puppy’s remains June 13 to Animal Services and told staff that it died in its crate.
Gainesville Police Department Detective Victoria Young said in an arrest report that a veterinarian ruled the cause of death as multiple blunt force trauma to the head.