Man gets prison time for fa­tally beat­ing small dog with cane

Cape Breton Post - - CLASSIFIEDS/WORLD -

CRANSTON, R.I. — A Rhode Is­land man will serve four months in state prison fol­lowed by eight months in home con­fine­ment for the beat­ing death of his neigh­bour’s 10-pound York­shire ter­rier. Sixty-year-old Nicola Pata­lano was found guilty of felony ma­li­cious in­jury in Novem­ber for his role in the 2014 death of Missy. Pros­e­cu­tors say Missy’s owner was walk­ing the dog when the Yorkie started bark­ing at Pata­lano’s ter­rier, prompt­ing the Cranston man to re­peat­edly strike the small dog with his wooden cane. He knocked Missy un­con­scious, and she be­came un­re­spon­sive. A neigh­bour who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent ac­com­pa­nied Missy’s owner to an an­i­mal hospi­tal, where the dog was pro­nounced dead. Po­lice say Pata­lano told of­fi­cers he “hit the dog to kill it.”

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