A Dayton, Texas man has been arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and sentenced to prison after he admitted to abusing and killing his German Shepherd puppy.

35-year-old Joseph Dewayne Lloyd pleaded guilty to cruelty to a non-livestock animal, a third-degree felony, and was sentenced to two years in prison, including 238 days that he has already served.

Lloyd’s neighbors heard banging sounds followed by cries of a young puppy. They later found the puppy’s discarded dead remains in a nearby dumpster.

Lloyd allegedly kicked and strangled the puppy to death because the dog was “suffering from mange.” But his neighbors say the puppy was happy and healthy, would run and play with them, and did not have mange.

“The unwarranted and unjustified pain and suffering caused by the defendant is unacceptable,” prosecuting Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Tiana Sanford said. “We will continue to work with law enforcement and other stakeholders in our community to protect and care for the vulnerable among us. This includes our animals in Montgomery County.”

H/T to Houston Chronicle.