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14 days in jail for man who beat dog with sledgehammer

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NeroCowlitz County Humane Society

According to Tuesday's Daily News Online, a Longview, Wash., man who tried to kill his dog with a sledgehammer will be spending time behind bars.

Though 40-year-old Chad Scott Miller will be jailed, it will not be for long - a Cowlitz County judge sentenced Miller to just 14 days in the county jail.

In 2012, Miller had attempted to kill his two-year-old pit bull, "Nero," by hitting him in the head with a sledgehammer after the dog bit him. Miller admitted to hitting the dog for eating some of his doughnuts prior to the dog's bite.

Miller claims that he could not afford to euthanize the dog, which is why he opted to use a sledgehammer instead.

He stated:

“I didn’t want to hurt him. I loved him. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t really miss him.”

Nero managed to survive the blows to his head and he was found several days later and taken to the local humane society where he has since recovered and remains available for adoption.

Miller is prohibited from owning pets for two years and is responsible for $5,000 in fines.

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