Rhode Island man sentenced to two years in prison for killing girlfriend's dog

  • In US
  • 2022-09-22 19:32:01Z
  • By The Providence Journal

A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to serve two years in prison after he was convicted of killing his girlfriend's dog last year, according to the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Devon Hernandez, 30, formerly of Providence and Pawtucket, pleaded no contest to a charge of felony malicious injury to or killing of animals Tuesday in Superior Court, Providence, according to court records.

Hernandez was arrested last November after a woman told Providence police that she believed her boyfriend had killed her dog, a 1½-year-old male Pomeranian named Davinci, according to a police report.

Previous reporting: Boyfriend accused of killing dog

The woman told the police that Hernandez had called her at work and told her he had hit the dog because it had urinated on the bed, the report said.

Hernandez told the police he didn't kill the dog and that it ran off after he took it outside, according to the report.

Several police officers searched for the dog, which was found dead inside a Price Rite shopping bag at Whitmarsh and Updike streets in South Providence, the report said.

Hernandez received a five-year sentence with two years to serve, according to the RISPCA. Since his arrest, Hernandez has been held the Adult Correctional Institutions as a probation violator, and the sentence is retroactive to Nov. 5, 2021, the RISPCA said.

He was also ordered to receive mental-health counseling, the RISPCA said.

According to the RISPCA, the case was initiated by Providence police and investigated jointly by Providence police and the RISPCA's law-enforcement division. SPCA special agent Earl K. Newman III presented the case to the attorney general's office for prosecution, the SPCA said.


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This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Man from Providence, Pawtucket sentenced for killing dog


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