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Man pleads guilty to killing dog, leaving it in Hudson River

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GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - The man accused of killing his girlfriend's dog and leaving it in the Hudson River earlier this year has pleaded guilty to his charge.

Matthew Wisell, 28, pleaded guilty to felony aggravated cruelty to animals on Wednesday. He has been sentenced to six months in Warren County Jail and five years probation.

Wisell originally pleaded not guilty in April, shortly after he was arrested on animal cruelty charges he faces. 

On April 3, a small, tan, mixed designer breed dog was found near the shore line of Havilands Cove Beach. The dog was two to four years of age, and its muzzle and legs were bound. Police said at the time that it appeared as though the dog may have drowned.

Wisell pleaded guilty to killing the dog, which belonged to his girlfriend. Police had said that Wisell killed the dog because it was having behavioral issues.

Wisell allegedly told his girlfriend he had found a new home for the pup. 

His girlfriend is not facing charges.

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