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Princeton dog trainer accused of killing client's dog pleads guilty to cruelty

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Michael Rosenberg, 32, of Princeton pleaded guilty to third-degree animal cruelty on Tuesday in front of Mercer County Superior Court Judge Mark Fleming after the death of a three-year-old German shepherd in August 2012 reported NJ.com.

Rosenberg was training the shepherd named Shyanne from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28 at his home on Birch Ave. He had been hired by the dog's owner, Tracy B. Stanton who had been referred to Rosenberg by a childhood friend.

The following day Stanton, an attorney, was told her dog had died. Rosenberg never sought veterinarian help. Stanton immediately ordered a necropsy revealing that Shyanne died from blunt force trauma. In addition the dog suffered four broken ribs, a punctured lung, and hypothermia.

Animal Control Officer Mark Johnson stated Rosenberg had beaten Shyanne with a crop whip, slammed the dog to the floor, and stuck his fingers into the dog's ribs.

A subsequent complaint about Rosenberg's treatment of another dog had since been filed, however the charge was dismissed under the agreement.

Rosenberg will spend five years in jail to run concurrently with another jail sentence for a 2011 child endangerment charge.

An August 5 sentencing hearing has been scheduled.

Shyanne was a very special dog in Tracy Stanton's life, and now she says she will finally be able to move forward.

Rest in peace Shyanne.

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