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Puppy maiming sentencing draws dozens

Dozens of people filled the pews in the Del Norte Superior Court House on Thursday for the sentencing of a man who has pleaded no-contest to maiming a puppy.

Zachary Hinton, 21, was set to be sentenced for his felony count of maliciously and intentionally maiming a puppy, but the action was continued to Dec. 5 to allow him and his attorney to review the probation reports.

Hinton faces the possibility of six months in jail and three years’ probation.

A co-defendant, Sarah Anderson, 21, has already been sentenced to three years of probation for a misdemeanor version of the same charge.

The charges stem from a 2012 incident in which a pit bull was slammed on the ground several times at the pair’s residence in the Totem Villa Apartments on the 1000 block of U.S. Highway 101.

The dog was eventually handed over to the Humane Society and then had its front legs amputated.

It was adopted by Frances Gehring, of Beaverton, Ore., who was in the crowd sitting next to suspended District Attorney Jon Alexander and the rest of the crowd, who wanted to speak on behalf of the puppy.

Gehring vowed she would be back to speak for the dog, now named London.

 


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