Douglas County man sentenced for animal torture
MINDEN, Nev. (AP) -- A Douglas County man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail under a new law that makes animal torture or mutilation a felony.
Fifty-four year old Rodney Shoop also was given a suspended sentence of one-to-three years in prison for shooting a stray cat. Authorities say he chopped it up and threw its head into a neighbor's yard last March.
He pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced Monday by District Judge Michael Gibbons.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Shoop must also serve five years' probation; attend alcohol treatment and anger management programs; and perform 100 hours of community service at an animal shelter.
The law known as "Cooney's law" took effect last October. It is named after a beagle mutilated by its owner in Reno two years ago.
Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com