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Jamestown dog hanger gets 1 year in prison

Jamestown Police

A Jamestown man convicted of hanging a dog in a tree to cause its death was sentenced to a year in jail Monday in Chautauqua County Court.

Robert Overton Jr., 48, had pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals in response to the hanging.

The dog's remains were found in a tree last April 2 in a vacant, partially wooded lot near Hallock Street. It is believed the dog was hanged the previous November or December.

In a published interview before his arrest, Overton said he killed the dog to protect his children, because it had become aggressive and had bitten humans three times.

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson said Overton will be the first person placed on the Chautauqua County's animal abuser registry.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.