Sentence announced for Tri-State doctor who shot dog, hit him in head with hammer
Joseph Stubbers faced more than two years in jail but got 90 days of house arrest.
DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. (WXIX) - A doctor found guilty of animal abuse last week received his sentence in Dearborn County on Tuesday.
Joseph Stubbers, 58, will spend 90 days incarcerated at his home. His felonies are reduced to misdemeanors.
Stubbers was further ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $4,145 for the dog’s care and treatment. The judge also ordered that he not harbor, train or own any companion pets for his period of probation.
Stubbers shot his dog, Cooper, and hit him in the head with a hammer in July 2019.
He told sheriff’s deputies the dog attacked him when he grabbed its collar. He claimed the dog “latched” onto his arm. Deputies said they did not see any marks on Stubbers’ arm.
Cooper, an English Mastiff, had a “mutilated” right eye and wet, fresh blood coming from it, deputies said. He was rescued by Dearborn County Animal Control following the crime.
Stubbers acknowledged in court he knew what he did to Cooper was wrong and inexcusable.
He was convicted on Sept. 7 on three counts of torturing and mutilating a vertebrate animal and faced up to two and a half years in jail.
The Ohio Medical Board could still decide to suspend Stubbers license or revoke it altogether.
Animal rights activists clashed with supporters of the doctor (below) when the guilty verdict came down.
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