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Man found guilty in beating, drowning of pet dog

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DALLAS - A jury reached a guilty verdict Wednesday in the trial of a Mesquite man accused of killing his dog because she allegedly ruined his patio furniture.

Robert Prichard, 60, was charged with felony animal cruelty for the Aug. 2013 death of the dog after police said he beat the dog with a shovel and drowned her.

The jury agreed Wednesday that a shovel used to kill the dog is considered a deadly weapon.

According to court documents, a neighbor called police after hearing Prichard throw his pit bull named Candy in a pool. He yelled, "You are dead, dog," the neighbor said.

The documents state Prichard answered to the door covered in blood. He told officers his dog had chewed on the patio pillows and was likely dead in her doghouse.

During questioning he gave investigators several different explanations of how Candy died. He said he threw her in the pool to "cool her off" and beat her in self-defense.

But the police found video on Prichard's surveillance cameras showing him beat Candy to death with a shovel.

Prichard could receive up to 10 years in prison.

Witness testimony in the punishment phase of the trial begins Thursday.

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