A 23-year-old Buffalo man who worked as a dog day care attendant admitted to beating a dog to death in State Supreme Court Wednesday, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.
Jarrod Dillman pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony.
Prosecutors allege that on Aug. 3 Dillman, while working as an attendant at PawPrints by Penny & Co. on Niagara Street in Buffalo, caused the death of Alessio, a 3-year-old Havanese mix. Dillman admitted to using a leash to throw the dog against a wall. He also repeatedly kicked the dog while wearing boots.
A necropsy determined that Alessio died as a result of blunt force trauma.
Dillman, who pleaded guilty to the highest charge, faces a maximum of two years in jail when he is sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 15. He remains released on $5,000 bond posted in Buffalo City Court. Dillman was originally charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring an animal, as well as failure to provide proper sustenance.