ITHACA, N.Y. — A Danby man accused of killing his mother’s dog this summer was sentenced to to six moths in jail and five years of probation at the Tompkins County Court Wednesday afternoon.

Adam House pleaded guilty to misdemeanor aggravated animal cruelty after initially being charged with felony aggravated cruelty to an animal.

According to records, police responded to a report of a missing dog, Bella, at a Danby home in July. When they arrived, the found “evidence of a physical injury that took place outside the residence.” After questioning House, he admitted to shooting the dog and moving her body.

In court, Assistant District Attorney Alyxandra Stanczak said that his mother was “horrified” about what happened. But as much as his mother was upset about losing the dog, she was more concerned for House’s well being.

Judge John Rowley stated on the record that the probation office did not list House as a desirable candidate for probation because of his alleged inability to take direction and comply with orders, as well as his need for mental health and substance abuse treatment.

“That’s disturbing,” Rowley said. “You can’t afford bad decisions. This (the crime) is a bad enough decision.”

House said little during the proceeding, but when Rowley indicated that all parties involved wanted him to get help for his issues, he said, “I want to get healthier, too.”

House, who has been in jail since July, will likely be released from jail in just over a month.

Jolene Almendarez

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