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Man sentenced to prison for fatally beating three dogs

A 25-year-old man was sentenced Friday to five years and four months in prison for fatally beating three dogs owned by his then-girlfriend.

Patrick Land pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court. After the deaths last year, he fled to North Carolina but was arrested there and sent to San Diego for trial.

According to testimony in the case, Land was jealous of the attention his then-girlfriend gave to the dogs, and was believed to have restrained and then beaten the animals. His DNA was found on the dogs' bodies.

Land had three felony theft convictions in North Carolina in 2005, according to court documents.


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