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Man Sentenced to Time Served for Shooting Dog

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A 38-year-old Tacoma male who shot his dog to keep it from disobeying was sentenced Wednesday to what amounts to credit for time served.

Pierce County Superior Court Judge Thomas Larkin likewise put William Walston on 2 years bench probation.

Walston was imprisoned in September after shooting his 5-year-old boxer, Zeus, with a hand gun. He informed police he shot the dog because it failed to listen to him and frequently ran away, court records indicate. The dog survived.

Investigating officers afterwards discovered guns and explosives in Walston’s apartment, and he likewise pleaded guilty to misdemeanor weapons charges.

He served 44 days in jail prior to pleading guilty to first-degree animal cruelty last month and has been on electronic-home monitoring while waiting for sentencing.

Prosecutors decided not to seek more jail time for Walston, an Army veteran, in case he sought treatment for post traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism and depression.

Deputy prosecutor Patrick Hammond said Wednesday that Walston has lived up to his side of the agreement.

“He actually did follow through with it,” Hammond said.

Larkin as well disallowed Walston from ever again owning a dog.



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