Man convicted in dog’s beating gets nearly 4-year sentence

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David Hursley

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A  Battle Creek man convicted of beating a dog that later had to be euthanized has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

Fifty-five-year-old David Hursley of Battle Creek was convicted last month of felony torturing a dog and misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reports a Calhoun County judge sentenced him Friday to three years and 10 months. Hursley could have received up to 15 years.

Police say Hursley hit a dog with a baseball bat and shot it with a pellet gun in February. He told officers the dog had bit another man.

Assistant Calhoun County Prosecutor Dana Porter said Hursley’s attack was excessive compared with the dog’s actions.

His attorney told the judge the case has been about emotion, rather than the law.

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  • No PC For Me

    I hope they make you everyone’s best “friend” in prison.
    You cowardly azzhat. I hope life sucks for you every second of every day.

  • Jay

    I can save the taxpayers money here how about we give him the option to have somebody beat him with a bat and then shoot him with a BB gun Then there might actually be some correction in the way this man thinks but instead let’s send them to prison for four years To get a degree and how to be a real criminal

  • Common Cents

    Waste of taxpayer money. He could have taken the dog to a vet to put it down and nothing could be done about it. But he beat a dog that bit someone and it was then put down and has to go to jail? Real good use of the courts time. He should have been given a fine.

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