Rhode Island man sentenced to prison for beating Yorkie to death with cane

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A Cranston man was sentenced on Wednesday to spend the next four months in prison followed by eight months home confinement after he was found guilty of beating his neighbor’s Yorkshire terrier to death with his cane. In November, a jury  found Nicola Patalano, 60, guilty of felony malicious injury to Missy, a ten-pound Yorkie.

Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter also ordered Patalano not to have any contact with the dog’s owner, to take anger management classes, contribute $500 to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and perform community service. According to the Providence Journal, the total sentence was for two years with one year suspended.

On November 21, 2014, Dolores Antonelli, 80, had been walking her Yorkie when she spotted Patalano walking his larger  terrier. As the Yorkie ran toward the other dog, the leash slipped out of Dolores’ hand. The dogs barked at each other, but never made physical contact. Patalano  hit the tiny dog multiple times over the head and body with his wooden cane until the dog was unconscious. A witness helped Dolores pick up Missy and rush her to an emergency veterinarian’s office where she died. According to the Cranston police, Patalano stated he hit Missy to kill her.

Patalano, however denies that, and according to Turnto10News, stated Missy ran into the cane.

“The small dog accidentally ran into the cane. And the cane hit the dog also. And it died,” Patalano stated insisting he had been swiping his cane to keep Missy away from biting his own dog.

Judge Taft-Carter didn’t buy into his story before passing down her sentence, stating:

“This was a malicious beating that no creature should ever endure.”

In a statement to the court, written by Mrs. Antonelli and read by Rhode Island Attorney General Special Assistant Jonathan Burke, came the questions:

“’Why didn’t he stop? Why didn’t he just pick up his dog? Why did he have to kill my dog?’”

Rest in peace Missy. Photo of Patalano and Yorkie screenshot via Turn To 10 News.

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24 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    What kind of BS story is this, the Yorkie ran into the cane? Nicola Patalano is a POS and I’m glad the Judge seemingly is taking punishing him seriously. I feel so bad for Ms Antonelli, she had to witness the brutal killing of her fur baby and no amount of punishment to this monster will ever make that better.

  2. Kathleen Drude says:

    Finally a judge who gets it! The dog ran into his cane? Yea right the little one just kept running into his cane till she died from head trauma! Please this man is a danger to everyone! People like this should not be allowed to be part of polite society! The truth shall set him free!

      • tina says:

        It’s better then what we have seen in past stories. The judge also included community service, anger management and to pay a $500 donation and 8 months of home confinement.

  3. Patty says:

    Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter, THANK YOU … I especially like that he has to pay something to the SPCA. My sympathies to the owner of the little Yorkie ….

  4. jeanette says:

    pick up your dog. so many people have these extension leashes that are absolutely no good. I am so sorry for the lady, and that guy should definitely be in jail.
    also take your dogs to obedience class, it will help both of you.

  5. Theresa says:

    You fucking fat ugly bastard I would’ve taken that cane from you and I would’ve fucking beat you’re fucking ugly head in with it

  6. susispot says:

    the stories of big men beating itty bitty dogs to death turns my stomach. Also sickening is the suspending of half of the sentence. Let the damn puppy killer cool his jets in prison.

  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    I agree, four months is a slap on the wrist – Nicola Patalano deserves 10 years for what he did – I hope every day of his piss poor sentence is one of intimidation, abuse, beatings and hopefully he gets that cane shoved so far up his ass he chokes on it.

  8. Bunny Peters says:

    This POS has a reserved space in Hell where he will burn forever for his cruelty….. let’s all hope he gets there ASAP(after dying unloved, alone, afraid and in pain)……

    RIP precious furbaby. You did NOT deserve to be killed….. please look for MacKitty in Heaven and you can RIP amongst loving snuggle buddies…..


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