Corinth man gets year in jail for killing puppy
BALLSTON SPA A 38-year-old Corinth man was sentenced to a year in jail on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to the felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals for killing a Yorkshire terrier puppy.
Jarrod D. Lent of Warren Street was sentenced by Saratoga County Court Judge Jerry J. Scarano in Ballston Spa.
Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said the case was prosecuted under Buster's Law, which brings extreme animal cruelty to a felony level.
Lent pleaded guilty in May to aggravated cruelty to animals.
Lent was caring for a six month old Yorkshire terrier named "Aeromay" in March. When the dog soiled the carpet, Lent violently shoved a large couch against the dog, which was hiding behind it, causing the dog to be crushed between the couch and the wall and killing it instantly, Murphy said.
Murphy's office asked that the court impose a sentence of one year in jail. He said Lent had a prior driving while intoxicated conviction and was on probation at the time that he killed the terrier.
Murphy recently spoke in favor of strengthening Buster's Law at the first ever Animal Advocacy Day in Albany, joining Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R-Schenectady, and Saratoga Springs socialite and animal advocate Michele Riggi. Tedisco coordinated the passage of Buster's Law in 1999.