A Bronx man will spend a year behind bars after prosecutors said he brutally beat a puppy so badly it had to be put to sleep.
Dwayne Gentles, 29, was convicted in July for abusing the 4-month-old pit bull. Prosecutors pointed to the pup’s 13 broken ribs, two broken femurs, broken teeth and a fractured job.
Investigators said the dog — found emaciated and ridden with fleas — had internal injures from from blunt force trauma, as well as severe neurological damage.
A jury convicted Gentles within 15 minutes last month after hearing testimony from the Bronx man’s neighbors about the unnamed puppy’s cries and whimpers.
The dog was euthanized shortly after Gentles took the dog to a veterinaryclinic in late December, where doctors said it should be put down after they saw it was barely conscious and could not walk.
Gentles’ one-year sentence was the maximum allowed for hismisdemeanor charge of injuring an animal.