Man sent to prison for fatally beating girlfriend’s dog

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who beat his girlfriend’s dog to death because it was keeping him awake has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in state prison.

Gregory Fargnoli was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to charges including animal cruelty in connection with the death in November 2015 of the 12-year-old Catahoula leopard dog.

Prosecutors say the Auburn man beat the dog with a broom handle while his girlfriend was at work. The couple had met online and the woman had moved from Louisiana to live with Fargnoli just a few weeks earlier.

A veterinarian says the dog had multiple rib fractures, multiple broken teeth, collapsed lungs, a brain bleed and external injuries.

Fargnoli was also convicted of choking his girlfriend about two weeks before the dog was killed.

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