(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — The man accused of shooting nine German Shepherds back in June 2022 has been sentenced to prison in Crawford County Court.
Skyler Martin, 21, of Cranesville, was sentenced on Thursday to one month in the Crawford County Corrections Facility.
According to officials, Martin will need to undergo a neuropsychological evaluation. After serving a month in the facility, he will reportedly be on house arrest for three months and probation for seven years.
This summer, Martin entered a plea bargain and was convicted of one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a third-degree felony.
ANNA Shelter Humane Officer Eric Duckett led this animal cruelty investigation and attended the sentencing. Duckett said he was disappointed, claiming the dogs were not served justice.
“The fact that the judge acknowledged those psychopathic tendencies and had concerns about that is just appalling that he would put this kid in jail for one month and say, ‘okay now go back to the general public,’ like it’s appalling, it truly is. It makes no sense and I think if you ask anyone from the general public, it’s disgusting,” Duckett said.
In June 2022, seven German Shepherds were reportedly found shot dead, and two were “left to die.” All nine dogs had been shot in the head. The dogs were shot at a residence at the 25,000 block of Reeds Corner Road while the family was away.
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