Bucks Co. man sentenced for choking puppy

January 15, 2008 4:42:28 AM PST
A judge says a Bucks County man who choked a puppy that was later euthanized must continue seeing a mental health therapist, and perform 100 hours of community service.

Police say Jonathan Allison, of Bristol, choked the 8-week-old Beagle because it chewed on his video game wires. Allison entered a guilty plea Monday to a cruelty-to-animals charge.

Allison says he loved the dog. He told the judge, "I wish I could get it back." He says he was under stress because he injured his back and lost his job. He later attempted suicide, and is now taking medication.

Bucks County Judge Jeffrey Finley says Allison appears truly remorseful, but what he did was cruel. The puppy was euthanized when it had increasing trouble breathing. A veterinarian says the dog had a bruised neck and fluid-filled lungs.

Information from: Bucks County Courier Times, http://www.phillyburbs.com