Court: Killing of puppy with bat wasn’t torture
IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa man who beat a puppy to death with a baseball bat didn’t commit animal torture, an appeals court ruled Wednesday, in a decision denounced by an animal rights group.
Prosecutors failed to show that Zachary Meerdink, 31, acted with “depraved intent” when he killed the 7-month-old Boston terrier outside his girlfriend’s apartment complex in Davenport in 2011, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision.
The court vacated Meerdink’s conviction for animal torture, an aggravated misdemeanor, and the two-year prison sentence he received. Meerdink was paroled in April, but the court ordered that he be acquitted of the charge.
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