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Detroit Lakes Man Sentenced In Animal Cruelty Case

Detroit Lakes Man Sentenced In Animal Cruelty Case Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--A Detroit Lakes man is handed his sentence for injuring a puppy last fall. Thirty-two year old Brandon Hesse-Hamilton was convicted and sentenced Wednesday in Becker County District Court to a stayed 15-month prison sentence, 4 years supervised probation, 45 days local jail time, and restitution. Another sentencing condition is that Hesse Hamilton is prohibited from owning or caring for a pet or companion animal. He also must pay $4,261 in restitution. Wednesday's sentencing is for a felony count of animal mistreatment or cruelty that stems from last August when, according to court records, he lifted a 14 week old puppy above his head and slammed it to the ground repeatedly because the puppy defecated on the floor. Among its injuries, the puppy suffered a shattered femur and required surgery at the University of Minnesota. The Marshmallow Foundation took in the puppy whose name is "Millie" and says she is still in foster care and doing well, although there is permanent damage to her leg and she had to have metal screws and a plate put in. She will have early onset arthritis and will need specialized care the rest of her life.

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