A Rockford, Illinois, man pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty for allegedly burning his dog in 2018, but he has been sentenced to just probation. As reported by My State Line News, Bobby Horton Jr. was sentenced on Thursday to 30 months of probation for the crime which left his pit bull puppy, Simba, with severe burns.
Horton and his girlfriend, Samantha Rose Anderson, allegedly burned the eight-month-old pup with boiling water or chemicals. The pup suffered second degree burns over much of his body, but did recuperate after receiving extensive veterinary treatment. Simba has since been adopted to a new owner who lives out of state.
Anderson and Horton had acquired the puppy from a friend who later learned that the couple was abusing him. Horton is accused of firing a gun at a mutual friend in “an altercation over the dog’s treatment.” On the day of the altercation, the police showed up and there was a lengthy stand-off with Horton, who eventually was taken into custody after 8 hours.
In addition to probation, Horton has been ordered to 180 hours of public service, and a $2,049 fine. If Horton violates the terms of his probation, he will have a jail sentence to serve.
(Screenshots of Horton and Simba)
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