Kyte sentenced for dog killing

A sentencing hearing was held Tuesday morning in the case of Robert Kyte, a Burbank man who allegedly beat his neighbors� dog to death with a hammer.

Earlier this month, Kyte pleaded guilty to Intentional Damage to Property in the Second Degree and Killing or Injuring Animal of Another, both of which are Class 1 misdemeanors.

At the hearing it was announced he must pay a fine of $300 plus $84 in court costs for each count.

Kyte also will be required to pay $2,000 restitution.

In addition, Magistrate Judge Tami Bern gave Kyte a 60-day suspended sentence, which will stand as long as he has no similar offenses and complies with all protection orders over the next 360 days.

Initially Kyte was charged with Killing or Injuring Animal of Another, as well as Intentional Damage to Property in the First Degree, which is a Class 6 felony.

Had the felony charge been maintained, he could have faced up to two years imprisonment in the state penitentiary, a fine of $5,000 or both.

Kyte allegedly beat his neighbors� German shorthair pointer � whose name was Shy � to death in its kennel in June.

According to the Associated Press, Shayne and Kim Ludwig said their dog was gentle and barked only if someone was trespassing on their property.

Kyte was not present in the Clay County Courthouse when the sentence was handed down.

� The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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