A Phoenix man accused of stomping a small dog to death in January has been sentenced to three years of probation.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 37-year-old Scott William Beadles was sentenced Thursday for a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals.
Beadles originally was arrested by Phoenix police on suspicion of felony animal cruelty but entered into a plea agreement.
He reportedly went into a Petsmart on Jan. 12 and allegedly told a store employee he had to put the Maltipoo out of its misery after it was attacked by his pit bull.
The employee told police Beadles said the small dog was whimpering and trying to crawl to him when he decided to stomp its head until it was dead.
The dog's remains later were found in a trash can.
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