Ex-cop sentenced in South Bend dog's death
Indianapolis Star, United States
January 10, 2008
A former police officer who admitted killing a dog was sentenced to two months in jail for animal cruelty. Curt Seufert, 34, who left the St. Joseph County police force after he was charged in the 2005 case, was sentenced Wednesday in the county's Superior Court. Seufert pleaded guilty in November to killing his former girlfriend's dog after an argument. Judge John M. Marnocha also placed Seufert on probation for one year and ordered him to pay $127.50 in restitution to his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Radican. According to the investigation, the dog, an Akita named Lexi, died of internal bleeding from a ruptured spleen. The judge said evidence did not indicate Seufert, who beat the dog, intended to kill it...
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FROM LAST MONTH:
Sentencing delayed for St. Joe County cop who killed girlfriend’s dog
WSBT-TV, IN - Dec 12, 2007
By JEFF PARROTT
By Tiffany Griffin
Dec 12, 2007
A judge Wednesday postponed sentencing a former police officer for killing his girlfriend’s dog, saying he needed more time to review the matter. In a case that has infuriated animal rights activists around the country, Curt Seufert, 34, faces up to a year in jail after having pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty. The former St. Joseph County police officer has admitted to beating her Akita, named Lexi, to death in November 2005 after the couple, who were then living together, had argued about part-time jobs. His former girlfriend, South Bend police officer Jennifer Radican, subsequently obtaining a protective order against Seufert, saying she feared he would hurt her next... Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mark Roule “intends to make a lot of comments at sentencing ... about the manner of death of the animal and the actions its owner took afterward,” Dvorak said. “So it’s not a plead guilty, stand silent. We’re going to lay out detail on what occurred and how it occurred. We’re going to leave it to the court’s discretion on what to impose”... His attorney, Michael Tuszynski, today told the judge that Seufert is receiving counseling and attending college in pursuit of a new career...
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- [IN] Looks like Deputy Seufert killed police officer girlfriend's dog - ...his girlfriend, a police officer at South Bend Police Department, came home to find her dog muzzled and dead in the basement, with what were determined later to be "severe spinal injuries"...
- [IN] Police Officer Seufert Cop-on-Cop DV dog-killing case - ...Seufert is resigning just before he was about to be fired...
- [IN] Officer Seufert killled his cop girlfriend's dog, pleads guilty - ...His girlfriend, a South Bend police officer, came home to find one of her dogs cowering in an upstairs bedroom and the other dead in the basement. The dead dog had a broken leg and back...
(The above picture is an Akita, not Lexi specifically.)