A Navarre man who shot and killed a dog, tied it to the back of
his vehicle and dragged it down a road in December was given a
year’s probation Monday.
James Sousa, 49, shot the dog near
a hunting camp on Indian Ford Road near Munson Highway in Santa Rosa
County, prosecutors said.
Sousa was arrested in Dec. 19 on a
felony cruelty to animals charge.
Prosecutors later changed the charges to misdemeanor cruelty and
leaving a carcass on the side of the road.
He pleaded no
contest to the charges on May 8 and was sentenced Monday to a year
of probation by County Judge Robert Hilliard. His hunting privileges
were also revoked for a year, and he had to forfeit his rifle and
scope, Assistant State Attorney James Parker said.
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