Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

A local man was sentenced to three years probation after being found guilty of animal cruelty by a jury on Wednesday.

A half-day jury trial and about half an hour in jury deliberations led to the conviction of Jericho Mercado, 18, of Crescent City for animal cruelty.

The case stems from an incident last September when Mercado was spotted by county workers abusing his dog, said Acting District Attorney Katherine Micks.

Witnesses testified at the trial that Mercado had choked, kicked, dragged and hit his pitbull named Buddy with a skateboard in front of the Flynn Administration Center around 11 a.m. on Sept. 9, Micks said

Mercado was sentenced after the trial to three years of formal probation. As part of his probation he must attend counseling and is prohibited from owning any animals for the duration of his probation.

He must also submit to searches at any time from authorities to check whether he is keeping any animals.

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