The state Superior Court denied the appeal of a Karthaus man convicted last year on firearms and animal cruelty charges, according to a release from the Centre County District Attorney’s office.
Barry Grove, 59, was found guilty of a firearms charge for illegally having a gun because of a prior conviction in a non-jury trial before Judge Bradley P. Lunsford in January 2014 and was sentenced to five to 10 years. Grove appealed that conviction in March.
The appellate court denied the appeal and affirmed the five- to 10-year sentence in an order handed down Monday.
Grove was arrested by state police after a neighbor reported that he had shot his pet dog in April 2013, according to court documents
Grove pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges in March 2014 and was sentenced to nine months to two years in state prison to be served on top of the firearms sentence.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release that she was pleased by the decision and called the incident the “callous acts of a cowardly man committed on an innocent creature.”
She said unwanted pets should be taken to animal shelters, where new homes can be found for them.