PASADENA ( — A Pasadena man entered a no contest on Friday to charges stemming from the fatal beating of a 16-month-old German shepherd last year.

A news release issued by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said that Young Song entered his plea after jurors were shown a videotape of the April 20, beating.

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Prosecutors allege that the dog was initially shot with a pellet gun and was then beaten to death with a hammer.

Song was charged with one felony count of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of petty theft of a dog with a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon.

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He was immediately sentenced to one year in county jail followed by three years of formal probation.

He was also ordered to not care nor possess an animal for a period of 10 years and will pay the dog’s owner restitution.

Song is expected to begin his sentence on Nov. 2.

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