Warning: This story may disturb some readers.
A South Carolina man has been sentenced to three years in prison for tossing a ten-week-old puppy off a balcony during a fight with his girlfriend.
The puppy, a yorkiepoo, was in a soft-sided container but sustained head injuries and had to be euthanized.
The man, Javon Patrick Morris, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.
The judge presiding over the case, Circuit Judge Edward Cottingham, sentenced Morris to five years, suspended to three years in prison and two years of probation. He also was ordered to go through anger management counseling.
Cottingham, who owns nine dogs, said, “Iâ€™ve got to send a message to all dog lovers that we are going to protect that interest in our courtrooms.”