William Edward Sale, 53, of Appomattox, pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor cruelty to an animal as the result of an incident where he shot and killed a dog in Appomattox County, receiving a 12-month suspended sentence.

Sale had been scheduled for a jury trial July 30 in Appomattox County Circuit Court on a felony charge of torture of an animal causing death but instead accepted a plea agreement to the lesser charge. 

As summarized by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Kia Scott, evidence at trial would have been that on Oct. 12, 2019, Sale shot and killed a neighbor’s black pit bull dog that had come onto his property and was allegedly displaying aggressive behavior.

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