By FELICIA KRIEG Press-Republican
---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — A Winooski man faces up to two years in jail after he was found guilty of cruelty to animals for killing a dog in Westport last year.
Paul T. Facey, 24, was convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals.
In 1999, New York state passed a law that made severe cruelty to companion animals a felony offense under the Agriculture and Markets Law.
Facey cut the dog’s throat on July 24, 2012, causing the animal to die, according to a news release from the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.
“My office will continue to prosecute vigilantly animal-abuse cases in our county,” Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague said in the release.
“This was a very heinous act, and the jury brought justice for this poor animal who suffered at the hands of the defendant. Let it be a message for any person willing to commit such a despicable act.”
Prosecuting the case were Essex County Assistant District Attorneys Brian Felton and Michele Bowen.
Facey was represented by the County Public Defender’s Office.
He will be sentenced by Judge Richard B. Meyer on Sept. 5.
Facey was released as he previously posted a bail or $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
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