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Man sent to jail for killing puppies, scalding poodle

By By The Associated Press

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) - A Schenectady man who admitted killing his wife's two dachshund puppies and scalding her toy poodle was sentenced to two years in the county jail.

Judge Karen Drago sentenced Thomas Hendricks II to the maximum allowed under state law for aggravated animal cruelty.

Schenectady County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Lorusso said Hendricks held one puppy's face under running water and squeezed it until it was dead, and beat another puppy to death with a pool cue. He held the poodle under scalding water, but it recovered and was adopted by another family.

Lorusso said Hendricks tortured and killed the dogs to get back at his wife.

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