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Ex-L.A. County assistant fire chief who beat dog to be sentenced today

April 2, 2010 |  7:00 am

Glynn_Johnson http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2010-01/51869238.jpgA former Los Angeles County assistant fire chief will be sentenced today after being convicted of beating a puppy to death outside his Riverside home last year.

Glynn Johnson, 55, was found guilty in Riverside County Superior Court of animal cruelty and using a deadly weapon, a 12-pound rock, to kill 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.

The dog had to be euthanized.

-- David Kelly

Photo: Glynn Johnson. Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department

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