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Jury convicts man of cruelty, torture in dog’s beating


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) – A southern Michigan man has been convicted of animal abuse in the beating of a dog that later had to be put down.

Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert confirms that a jury found 55-year-old David Hursley guilty Thursday of torturing a dog and cruelty to animals. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

The husky mix had been beaten in February with a baseball bat and shot with a pellet rifle by the time officers arrived at Hursley’s Battle Creek home.

An officer shot and killed the dog because of the severity of its wounds.

Hursley testified that the dog was sometimes aggressive and had bit another man.

Defense attorney J. Thomas Schaeffer said Thursday that the conviction would be appealed.

Hursley is to be sentenced Oct. 28.

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  • No PC For Me

    Good. I hope his sentence is harsh and includes a public beating.
    Tie him to a post downtown and walk away. Let nature take its course. See if Mr tough guy likes a taste of his own medicine.
    I’d pay $100 to punch this azzhat in the mouth, if, of course it was legal. But I can still wish.

  • Tricia Waldie

    I read this story last night and DID NOT believe him or his buddy that he was trying to break up the dog from attacking them. I believed the neighbors account. They were drinking and grilling and as any typical dog does it was looking at them in a begging way for food and it annoyed this A Hole and he became violent with this dog. If the dog did in fact bite either of them in was defending itself from his awful attack and i hope he gets the MAX. time. Maybe when people start doing REAL time for this crimes against pets some might think twice though i doubt it but at least SOME justice will be served for the 1000,s of pets that are abused by these monsters.