North Carolina man pleads guilty to beating puppy to death

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina man pleaded guilty Tuesday to beating a puppy to death on Christmas Day last year, WECT reports.

Christopher Simpson, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of felony cruelty to animals. He was given a 6-17 month suspended sentence and 3 years of probation.

Simpson’s girlfriend’s family adopted the dog, named Axel, from New Hanover County Animal Services on Dec. 1.

On Christmas, Simpson went over to the family’s house to visit. While there, the...

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