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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

#Views from the 6: Man jailed for throwing puppy from 6th floor #HNNVet

Michael Sutton
Credits: Painesville Police
Municipal Court Judge Michael Cicconetti is known for doling out creative – and occasionally humiliating – punishments to the offenders who set foot in his courtroom in Painesville, Ohio.

If it had been up to Cicconetti, Michael Sutton would have been the latest recipient of his wrath.

“I know what a lot of people would like to do to you,” he said.

Sutton pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges last week after police said he admitted to throwing a puppy out of a sixth-floor window of an apartment complex May 3. Building staff found the dog’s body in a trash compactor and notified police, who tracked down Sutton and arrested him.

The 23-year-old Ohio man told investigators he killed his dog – a lab-pit bull mix named Knox – because the puppy went to the bathroom on his bed, according to Fox affiliate WJW. The station reported that a humane officer called it the worst case of animal cruelty she’d ever investigated.

By the time Sutton stood in front of Cicconetti on Monday, the outspoken judge admitted that he had a distinct idea of how he’d like to see the pet killer pay for his crime, according to video footage published by NBC affiliate WKYC.

“You are just vicious,” he said while Sutton – handcuffed and solemn-looking – stood before him. “You are revolting. You are cruel. You are inhuman, what you did here.”

He added: “Oh, would I like to put you in a Dumpster? Oh, yeah. I would love to do that.”

But Cicconetti noted that he was unable to administer one of his “creative sentences” because Sutton was not a first-time offender.

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