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Man Who Brutally Beat 11-Week-Old Puppy Sentenced To Five Years In Prison

April 28, 2019 - 10:59 am

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A North Texas man who prosecutors say brutally beat his 11-week-old German Shepherd puppy has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Deric Berquist was sentenced Friday after being convicted of animal cruelty. Prosecutors with the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office say Berquist was captured savagely beating, punching, choking and slamming the puppy's small body to the ground in multiple videos captured on his own home security system.

Authorities say the puppy, named Nikki, survived.