CHICAGO (CBS) — A central Illinois man pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges this week, for killing two dogs last year and dumping their bodies on a rural road.Police Officer Responding To Shooting, Struck By Bullet Fired By 15-Year-Old Gunshot Victim
Eustice pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, according to court records. He was sentenced to 24 months of conditional discharge – similar to probation, but with less supervision. Two counts of euthanizing companion animals and a charge of littering for dumping the dead animals on a rural road near Bloomington were dismissed in September.READ MORE: World's Smallest Flying Structure Developed By Northwestern Engineers
The Pantagraph reports Eustice apologized for killing the animals, which he said were left with his family. He was charged last December with killing two dogs by enclosing them in a garage with a running vehicle.
Eustice reportedly told a judge he wanted to save the cost of having the dogs euthanized by a veterinarian, and his actions were not taken with any malice or anger, or for sport.MORE NEWS: Ed's Driveway: Volkswagen ID.4
The Pantagraph reports, in addition to his 24 month sentence of conditional discharge, Eustice also must serve 200 hours of community service with an organization that helps animals.