Conn. man sent to jail for stabbing dog 29 times

November 2, 2011 5:49:20 AM PDT
A state judge has sentenced a New Haven man to four months in jail for stabbing his dog 29 times and told him he can't possess pets after he's released. The dog survived.

Twenty-six-year-old Alexander Bernard was sentenced Tuesday in Meriden Superior Court by Judge Philip Scarpellino. The New Haven Register reports ( ) that Bernard apologized before pleading guilty to cruelty to animals under the Alford doctrine, meaning he didn't agree with all the allegations but conceded there was enough evidence to be convicted.

Authorities say Bernard stabbed his 1-year-old Staffordshire terrier, Princess, last May in Hamden.

The dog was treated by veterinarians and later adopted by a Hamden resident. It was recently named grand marshal of the Halloween Pet Parade by the Hamden Happy Tails Foundation.