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Philly man gets 2 to 7 years in puppy burning case

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March 13, 2011 05:13 PM EST | AP


PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia man accused of pouring rubbing alcohol on his family's puppy and setting it on fire in front of his children has been sentenced to two to seven years in prison.

John Fleet III pleaded no contest Friday in Common Pleas Court to animal cruelty, child endangerment and corrupting a minor. He told Judge Charles Cunningham III that he was under stress and "took it out on the dog."

The plea deal bars Fleet from contact with his children. Assistant District Attorney Erin O'Brien says the order could be revisited later if both sides agree. He says the January 2010 abuse left the dog with only minor facial scarring.

Fleet's attorney tells The Philadelphia Inquirer that his client is remorseful and did what was in everyone's best interests.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.philly.com