A Salt Lake City, Utah, man has pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty charges stemming from the death of his girlfriend’s puppy, “Moose.” According to Tuesday’s publication of the Salt Lake Tribune, 20-year-old Mikah M. Johnson pleaded guilty last Friday to two counts of felony animal torture as well as a misdemeanor assault charge.
Johnson’s charges are the result of a horrific case of cruelty which claimed the life of his girlfriend’s border collie puppy. The three-month-old puppy died on August 18, 2015 from multiple injuries, including blunt force trauma, a fractured jaw, widespread bruising, a ruptured liver and bleeding in his lungs.
As reported in Deseret News, Johnson’s neighbors reported hearing Moose being struck multiple times and crying in pain and his girlfriend admitted that she had seen Johnson kick the puppy down the stairs for not walking fast enough.
The heinous crime could result in Johnson being sentenced up to 10 years in prison – his sentencing will take place on November 4.
(Booking photo Salt Lake County)