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Neighbor pleads guilty to killing two-pound Yorkie with pruning shears

In St. George, Utah, a tiny two-pound Yorkie who died will finally get some justice – although by most people’s standards, reading about this will think the punishment is by no means enough. On Monday, Kenyon Clark Benson, 74, pleaded guilty to killing the pint-sized Yorkshire terrier named Chewy with pruning shears.

According to the City Cedar News, Benson told Judge Douglas Whitlock in Washington County Justice Court, the dog’s death was an accident. He pleaded guilty to a Class C misdemeanor charge of aggravated animal cruelty.

In November, the St. George Police Department responded to a call from a woman, stating a man had beaten her little dog to death with a pair of gardening shears. The small dog had entered Benson’s yard while he was pruning his landscape after Chewy was let outdoors. According to Benson, the dog came running over to him barking and when he tried to “shoo the dog away” by swinging the pruning shears, it accidentally hit the dog in the head killing Chewy instantly. The youngster, Hailey witnessed the terrible attack and ran into her house screaming that the neighbor had killed her dog.

As part of Benson’s plea deal, he was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail with the time suspended, but would remain on a 12-month-bench probation instead. He was also ordered to pay $2,109.03 in restitution to the court and write a full page letter of apology to the 12-year-old girl who witnessed the brutal death of her beloved dog.

(Photo screenshot of Yorkie by Nancy Jean of St. George News)

Rest in peace Chewy. You deserved better.

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