An Ellisville, Mo., man, who viciously attacked his former girlfriend's dog, will be spending a considerable amount of time in prison, reported Monday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
On Monday, St. Charles County Circuit Judge Rick Zerr, sentenced 37-year-old Charles A. Zidek to eight years behind bars for felony charges of animal abuse and burglary.
Zidek obtained the felony charges in October 2011, when he broke into his ex-girlfriend's St. Charles home, while she was not home, and viciously attacked her small Italian greyhound, "Vinny."
Vinny, weighing in at just eight pounds, was repeatedly thrown into a wall. The attack left the little dog with multiple, grievous injuries which ultimately resulted in his death.
In court, Vinny's guardian, Daina Walkonis, expressed her grief over Vinny's death:
“Vinny was not just a dog, he was one of my family members. It breaks my heart I wasn’t able to protect him.”
Zidek, expressed "regret," over his actions and told the court that he was sad for the victim; adding:
“My use of steroids and alcohol have brought me to this point in my life.”
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