12/12/2012 08:30 pm ET Updated Feb 11, 2013

Joseph Losinski, 73, Sentenced To 9 And A Half Years After Pleading Guilty To Poisoning Dogs

A 73-year-old man has been sentenced to nine and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to poisoning his neighbor's two dogs and intimidating a witness.

Joseph Losinski pleaded guilty in Weld County District Court in October to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of intimidating a victim or witness, both felonies.

Police and court records said Losinski feed meatballs laced with strychnine to his newlywed neighbors' two dogs in August. The dogs, a German shepherd and a chocolate lab named Kyera and Dozer Boy, were both found dead in their backyard.

According to a report by The Denver Post, police say Losinski had been accused of poisoning and killing animals in Minn., where he'd lived before.

After the deaths of the lab and German shepherd, Losinski sent an intimidating letter to a neighbor who was a witness in the case.