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Former L.A. County assistant fire chief sentenced in dog beating

April 2, 2010 | 12:15 pm

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A former Los Angeles County assistant fire chief was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail and three years' probation after being convicted of beating a puppy so severely outside his Riverside home last year that it had to be euthanized.

6a00d8341c630a53ef0133ec69542e970b-320wi Glynn Johnson, 55, will serve his jail time on weekends. He is also required to take anger-management courses and perform 400 hours of community service working with dogs. 

Johnson was found guilty in Riverside County Superior Court of animal cruelty and using a deadly weapon, a 12-pound rock, to beat Karley, a mixed-breed German shepherd.

The case has drawn wide attention, especially from animal-rights groups. For weeks leading up to Johnson's arrest, protesters rallied in front of the district attorney's office asking that he be prosecuted.

Johnson was accused of beating the dog after a long feud with his neighbors over various issues in 2008. Prosecutors said Johnson put dog feces in his neighbors' mailbox with a letter warning them to keep their dogs off his property.

-- David Kelly in Riverside

Photo: Retired Los Angeles County Assistant Fire Chief Glynn Johnson,55, hugs his daughter Erica after he was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years' probation after being convicted of beating a puppy so severely outside his Riverside home last year that it had to be euthanized. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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