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SIOUX CITY — A judge has found a Sioux City man guilty of animal torture for punching a puppy multiple times until it died.

In a verdict and order filed Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court, Judge Gary E. Wenell overruled 36-year-old Bobby Loggins' request for a directed verdict of acquittal and found him guilty of animal torture, an aggravated misdemeanor. Loggins, who is free on bond, faces up to two years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 12.

Loggins stood trial before Wenell Dec. 18 for punching his 50-pound American bulldog puppy, Sire, to death.

Witnesses testified during the bench trial that Loggins punched the dog numerous times in the face June 9 after it urinated on the dining room carpet at his home. Loggins took the puppy outside, and when it returned, it was breathing hard, shaking and coughing up blood. The puppy died a short time later.

Although no witnesses saw what happened outside, Wenell wrote that circumstantially, the evidence supports that additional blows took place outside, and that Loggins took the dog outside because he knew his actions would be deemed unacceptable.

Wenell wrote that eyewitness accounts and testimony of the veterinarian clearly indicate that Loggins' actions caused the puppy's death. Loggins restrained the puppy with one hand in order to inflict blows with the other, which Wenell said caused the animal severe physical pain.

"Restraint of a more or less helpless creature to administer pain to such a creature connotes depravity and sadism," he wrote.

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