Two years in jail for at­tack on small dog

Albany Times Union - - AROUND THE REGION -

BALL­STON SPA — A Saratoga Springs man who beat and killed a 29-pound Bos­ton ter­rier with a ham­mer was sen­tenced to two years in Saratoga County jail, the max­i­mum al­lowed, Dis­trict At­tor­ney Karen Heggen said.

A jury found Aaron Brink­ley, 31, guilty of ag­gra­vated cru­elty to an­i­mals for the at­tack on Riko on Oct. 6, 2017. Brink­ley hit his dog sev­eral times, Heggen said. When the dog tried to fend Brink­ley off by bit­ing his thumb, Brink­ley beat him with the ham­mer, caus­ing in­juries in­clud­ing frac­tured teeth and in­ter­nal trauma.

Heggen said when Saratoga County Judge James Mur­phy III im­posed the sen­tence he said Brink­ley demon­strated “com­plete and ut­ter dis­re­gard for life.” Mur­phy also banned him from own­ing any an­i­mals for 50 years.

“This is an­other tragic case where an an­i­mal is sub­jected to con­tin­u­ous, cruel and sub­stan­tial vi­o­lence, re­sult­ing in death ... while no sen­tence can ever bring back Riko, we be­lieve the sen­tence to­day is a just re­sult,” Heggen said.

BRINK­LEY

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