A Michigan man was sentenced to six months in jail this week for domestic violence after he punched his then-girlfriend, and beat her with a puppy until the animal died.
MLive reported that after Timothy Tucker punched his girlfriend in the eye in November, he began to assault her with a 2-week-old puppy.
Court documents said that the woman found fecal matter from the dead dog on her after the attack.
In court on Tuesday, the victim told Circuit Judge Alexander C. Lipsey that she was blind for weeks after the assault. She said that she struggled with depression, and that the attack “put me in a real dark place.”
“I was hurt, scared in my own house, being attacked in my own house,” the woman explained. “I’m still scared and I shouldn’t have to feel like that from someone I cared about, someone I loved.”
“He’s going to find the wrong broken person and either they’re going to kill him or he’s going to kill them,” she added.
As part of a plea deal, Lipsey sentenced Tucker to six months in jail and four years of probation. He will also be required to pay restitution, and entered into the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program, which is a stricter version of probation. One count of killing/torturing animals was dropped as part of the deal.
Lipsey pointed out that Tucker had three previous domestic violence convictions, and one conviction for illegal entry and destruction of property.
“The court looked fairly extensively at the history in this particular matter and it does appear the defendant has potential anger issues,” Lipsey said. “There is a point at which the system can help but help is the operative word. The initiative has to come from the defendant, he has to be able to figure out if he’s willing to accept help and act on it.”
Kalamazoo County Assistant Prosecutor Mike Reisterer said that he had prosecuted a lot of cases in his 25-year career, but this attack shocked him.
“This is one of the few cases that turns my stomach. To take a two-week-old puppy and bludgeon his significant other to the point that she requires hospitalization and the puppy is dead … is incomprehensible,” Reisterer observed.
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