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Sacramento man sentenced to prison for beating dogs, threatening roommate

A Sacramento man accused of beating, choking and hanging his pet dogs has been sentenced to 15 years and six months in prison.

A jury in March convicted Robert Lee Brian, 49, of three counts of felony animal cruelty, one count of assault and one count of criminal threat. He was sentenced Friday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steve White.

Brian was arrested Oct. 7, 2013, for assaulting and threatening to shoot a female roommate after an early morning argument. After his arrest, Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation received multiple complaints regarding the condition of Brian’s male pit bull terrier, Bubba. On Oct. 8, the dog was impounded and immediately transported for treatment. Authorities said the dog had suffered a fractured skull and snout, and trauma to the right eye and face. He also had a massive infection and possible chemical burns.

An investigation revealed that a neighbor had seen Brian pulling the dog off the ground using a broken swing set, and choking and forcefully kicking the dog multiple times. An occupant of the home also reported hearing what she believed to be cruel treatment of the dog from Brian’s living quarters.

After his arrest, the occupant searched the back yard of Brian’s property and found the remains of three dogs. Only one set of remains was sufficiently intact to allow for a meaningful necropsy, authorities said. After finding skull and facial fractures in that set of remains, Brian was charged with an additional count of felony animal abuse.

Authorities said the surviving dog recovered from his fractures but has lost vision in his right eye.