Plea agreement reached in dog death case

A deal has been reached in the case of a Burbank man who allegedly beat his neighbors� dog to death with a hammer.

Clay County State�s Attorney Teddi Gertsema said Robert Kyte is pleading guilty to Intentional Damage to Property in the Second Degree and Killing or Injuring Animal of Another, both of which are Class 1 misdemeanors.

Under South Dakota law, Kyte could face up to one year imprisonment in the county jail, a fine of $2,000 or both for each charge.

He was set to make an appearance in the Clay County Courthouse Friday, Aug. 12, before the deal was made.

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.

In addition, Kyte will be required to pay restitution to his neighbors, Gertsema said.

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 is scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23.

� The Associated Press

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