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Virginia man receives suspended sentence for animal cruelty charge in Monongalia County


A Virginia man, who was arrested for beating a dog in Morgantown in July 2018, received a suspended prison sentence from a Monongalia County judge on Monday.

Nathan Steve, 24, was given one to five years in prison if he violates his three-year probation sentence. Additionally, Steve is not allowed to be around animals for the next 15 years. Steve must also complete 150 hours of community service in an animal shelter or do something that deals with animals.

On July 31, 2018, officers with the Morgantown Police Department said they witnessed Steve physically abusing a dog. According to a criminal complaint, officers witnessed Steve holding the in the air and swinging it around by its paws and its mouth. He was charged with animal cruelty.

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