A Battle Creek, Michigan man, who severely beat a dog with an aluminum bat, has been found guilty of animal torture. According to the Detroit Free Press, a jury deliberated for less than three hours on Thursday before finding 55-year-old David Hursley guilty of the felony charge.
Hursley was charged after he delivered a brutal attack on a young, two to three-year-old husky mix in February. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, Hursley claimed that the dog had attacked his friend and that he used the bat to stop the attack. After hitting the dog with the bat, Hursley used a pellet gun and shot the dog in the head.
By the time that the police arrived to the scene, the dog was reported to be suffering badly and it was believed that the dog would not survive – the police shot the dog to end the suffering.
In court, Hursley’s defense attorney expressed dismay that his client, who has eight prior felony convictions, was found guilty. Attorney J. Thomas Schaeffer stated:
“It is not consistent with the evidence and is very disappointing. It is incredible to consider putting someone in prison for that. This case should have been dismissed after the preliminary examination. There will be an appeal.”
The jury heard testimony from a resident at the home where Hursley lived – that person stated that the dog, named “Obi,” was attacked after begging for food and that nobody had been bitten by the dog.
The judge has indicated that Hursley will likely receive a prison sentence – Judge Lincoln stated that “this was a crime of violence” and sent Hursley back to jail to await his sentence.