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Man gets 90 days in jail for animal cruelty

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A man who admitted to strangling two of his friend's dogs and throwing them against a wall, killing one of them, was sentenced to 90 days in jail this week.

In October, William Clark McKnight, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, both class A misdemeanors.

On two separate occasions, McKnight watched his friend's dogs named Jazzy and Emily.

In May, Jazzy died while McKnight was en route to Cottonwood Animal Hospital. In June, he took Emily to the hospital, where she was treated for a broken leg and internal bleeding, according to court documents.

In July, McKnight admitted that he had tortured the dogs by "grabbing their necks and throwing them against the walls and floor," court documents state.

He could not, however, provide an explanation for his actions, saying only that "he did not know why he tortured the animals in this manner, but that in spite of blacking out, he knew what he had done to the dogs," according to court documents.

Monday, 3rd District Judge Judith Atherton sentenced McKnight to 90 days in jail and had him taken into custody. He was also placed on 36 months probation and fined $1,000.

— Pat Reavy