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Man Pleads No Contest In Fatal Hammer Beating Of Neighbor's Dog

PASADENA ( — A Pasadena man entered a no contest on Friday to charges stemming from the fatal beating of a 16-month-old German shepherd last year.

A news release issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said that Young Song entered his plea after jurors were shown a videotape of the April 20, beating.

Prosecutors allege that the dog was initially shot with a pellet gun and was then beaten to death with a hammer.

Song was charged with one felony count of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of petty theft of a dog with a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon.

He was immediately sentenced to one year in county jail followed by three years of formal probation.

He was also ordered to not care nor possess an animal for a period of 10 years and will pay the dog's owner restitution.

Song is expected to begin his sentence on Nov. 2.

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