UPDATE: The Pierce County Prosecutor's Office says Knowles has been sentenced to six months in jail, followed by six months of electronic home monitoring after his release.
In July 55-year-jold Ricky Lee Knowles of Orting pleaded guilty to first-degree animal cruelty - charges that stemmed from his brutal attack of a neighbor's golden retriever with a hatchet. Today Knowles is scheduled to be sentenced for his crime, with Pierce County Prosecutors planning to request the high end of the sentencing range - which is one year in prison.
As we reported on The Daily Weekly back in July:
Orting police were called to Knowles' home March 20 after a neighbor reported seeing him beating a neighbor's dog with what looked like a hatchet. According to authorities, once they arrived, surrounded the home, and were able to get Knowles outside, they discovered the neighbor's golden retriever, Kona, tied to a pole inside the garage, "bleeding from severe wounds to his head and neck," according to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office. The dog's owner was subsequently contacted and the golden retriever was rushed to a vet clinic, where multiple fractures were discovered on his head and in his sinus cavity. The dog's eyes were also swollen shut. Miraculously, he survived the attack.
One inside Knowles' garage investigators discovered a whole boatload of disturbing, blood-covered evidence, including a pair pants, a piece of wire with dog hair on it, gloves, a garbage can, and a hammer. Dog treats were also discovered in the garage, despite the fact Knowles did not own a dog at the time.
According to The News Tribune in Tacoma, Pasado's Safe Haven says a few demonstrators will gather outside the courthouse to push for a stiff sentence for Knowles.