A man shot his rescue dog before grilling it on a barbecue after being "incredibly intoxicated".
Nikolay Lukyanchikov, from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, said he shot at the greyhound because he was "having a rough day" and was sentenced to four years in prison.
The former racing dog was found on top of a fire pit in the front yard of his owner's home in Northampton Township by cops last year, prosecutors said.
The pooch and 117 others were rescued from a racetrack in China which has been dubbed as the “worst hellhole” for racing dogs in the world in 2019.
Lukyanchikov, 50, adopted the canine in Philadelphia and renamed him Preacher. The dog was discovered dead alongside a burning sofa on April 30 last year.
According to an affidavit, police found Lukyanchikov sitting on a bench by the fire while intoxicated.
Cops said he tossed pretend $100 bills (about £75 each) into the fire pit while dousing it with lighter fluid. They also reported him to have a 9mm handgun which was loaded with blanks.
Lukyanchikov’s roommate said Preacher had been shot earlier that same day in his room. The gun was later recovered with five hollow-point rounds inside the property, reports New York Post.
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Deputy District Attorney Robert James said the 50-year-old stole the handgun from a friend’s widow a week before the shooting.
It was reported that Lukyanchikov attempted to purchase a gun for himself but got turned away because of a prior involuntary commitment in 2011.
The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said Lukyanchikov was sentenced to two to four years in state prison after pleading guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals and other charges.
Lukyanchikov was also barred from owning or looking after animals once he is released.
Yesterday (Wednesday, March 23), he told Judge Raymond McHugh that he was “very sorry” for his actions.
But the judge told Lukyanchikov: "It scares me because you know you’re not supposed to have a gun, and you kept pursuing one.
“You should not have a gun, period.”
The police affidavit revealed that his blood-alcohol level reached 0.25 when he was taken into custody and was too intoxicated to speak.
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