Judge Michael Traynor sentenced 53-year-old James Lee Lyons to eight years in prison on Wednesday.
Lyons, who previously spent time in prison for sexually abusing a child, was arrested after his neighbor accused him of sexually abusing his dog.
He was jailed briefly and then released with orders to have no pets at his home; shortly thereafter, he was arrested again after animal control officers found dogs at his home.
One of the dogs found at Lyons' residence showed signs that she had been sexually victimized by her owner. An examination of the 42-pound terrier mix revealed that she likely "suffered a great deal of pain."
The Sheriff's Office noted that the veterinarian described the dog's injuries as "appalling."
Judge Traynor has also sentenced Lyons to nine years of probation after he is released from prison.
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