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Kearney man convicted in animal cruelty case

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Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 6:03 AM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A Kearney man has been convicted of animal cruelty for attacking his dog with a baseball bat, killing it and burying it in his backyard.

Khaleem Baringer, 21, pleaded no contest to the felony charge as part of a deal with prosecutors who agreed to drop another charge in the case.

A witness told police Baringer hit the dog several times in the head with the bat after it defecated on the floor and nipped at a woman as she tried to place the dog into a kennel.

Prosecutors said Baringer also stabbed the dog at least once before wrapping it in several towels and burying it behind a shed in the yard.

Police found blood spatter on the wall and window of the master bedroom, in the bathroom, and inside and outside of a trash can. Authorities say the dog’s skull and jaw were broken when its body was examined.

Baringer will face up to three years in prison when he is sentenced.

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