An Atlantic County man has been sentenced for the brutal, savage beating of his own 4-month-old puppy.

The horrifying details of how this puppy died and the charges the man who did it faced, were announced on Thursday afternoon by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutor William Reynolds announced that 24-year-old Kyle Blythe of Linwood has been sentenced to 364 days in the Atlantic County Jail for third-degree Animal Cruelty as well as five years of probation following his time behind bars.

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The abuse and ultimate death of the 4-month-old puppy, named Dolce, occurred in December 2020.

Linwood Police learned that Blythe became "angry with Dolce after she chewed up some of his clothing, and then beat her, causing severe brain injuries to her head and body", according to Prosecutor Reynolds.

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The puppy later passed away as a result of those injuries at the Absecon Veterinary Hospital police informed of what happened.

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Blythe was later arrested and charged with animal cruelty and Prosecutor Reynolds said that his guilty plea "called for 364 days in county jail and a term of probation to be determined by the court at the time of sentencing," and that, "at the sentencing hearing, the State argued for the five-year term of probation, which is the maximum allowed by law." 

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In this case, Prosecutor Reynolds said that "the Honorable Pamela D’Arcy, J.S.C. agreed and sentenced him to the five-year term which he must serve following Blythe’s release from the county jail. Blythe will be required to complete community service and will not be permitted to own or co-domicile with any animals as a condition of his probation."

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