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Man enters plea after police say he stabbed dog with sword

December 4, 2015

CARY, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused by police of stabbing his Siberian husky with a sword has been sentenced to 100 days in jail after entering a plea.

Local media outlets report on Friday that Douglas Joseph Hagler entered an Alford plea, allowing a defendant to plead guilty, while maintaining his or her innocence, because there is sufficient evidence to find him or her guilty.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Matt Lively said the dog, named Koda, had 11 stab wounds and three broken ribs. Authorities said the dog was tied to a tree when it was stabbed.

Hagler’s attorney said the dog bit his client’s roommate.

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