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Man avoids jail time after killing his neighbor’s dog

Jermey Sagraves of Springfield pleaded guilty to killing his neighbor’s dog with a baseball bat in April. He avoided jail time and was sentenced to community service last week.

Sagraves must complete 40 hours of community service and pay $300 in fines for burglary and cruelty to a companion animal. He was facing a maximum of 18 months in jail for burglary and 12 months for cruelty to a companion animal.

Sagraves called 9-1-1 in October to report that there were two pit bulls in his backyard attacking his cat, according to Clark County Common Pleas Court documents. During the call, he reportedly told dispatchers that the dogs belonged to his neighbor and threatened to kill the dogs if police didn’t show up soon The cat ended up dying during the incident.

Shortly after, his neighbor, Lisa Marie Everhart, called 9-1-1 and said Sagraves broke into her home and hit her dog in the head with a wooden bat.

Everhart was charged with a misdemeanor for failing to confine her dogs.

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