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Man gets 5-year jail sentence for killing girlfriend’s puppy

A man convicted of felony animal cruelty in the death of his girlfriend’s puppy has been sentenced to five years in Sacramento County Jail.

David Earl Billoups, 58, was sentenced Thursday by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Matthew Gary. Billoups has a 2006 conviction for evading police officers and a 2009 conviction for burglary, according to a county District Attorney’s Office news release.

Billoups and Linda Witherspoon were in a romantic relationship when, on Feb. 19, 2015, the two argued at Witherspoon’s home. When Witherspoon told Billoups she wanted to end the relationship, he walked out of the room. Witherspoon then heard Billoups curse at her 2-month-old pit bull, Baby, followed by a thumping noise, authorities said.

When Witherspoon ran out of her bedroom, she saw Baby twitching. The dog died at the home.

Sacramento Animal Care Services determined that the dog had two broken vertebra, a fractured skull and bruising on the skull.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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