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Three Points resident draws sentence of two years for brutal abuse of his dogs

Three Points resident draws sentence of two years for brutal abuse of his dogs

It finally got to be too much for Bonnie Lilley.

The veterinarian was matter-of-fact when she spoke about how the dog's tail was sawed off, how his left ear was bitten and how his face was burned with cigarettes. She was even able to speak calmly about how the dog's legs showed signs of having been tied up, possibly with barbed wire, and how his ribs and hipbones stuck out too far.

It was only when Lilley had to describe the worst act perpetrated on Otis, the greyhound mix, that she had to pause a moment.

Wiping her eyes and taking a breath, Lilley gave Pima County Superior Court Judge Howard Fell details too graphic for most.

Lilley was in Fell's courtroom Monday for the sentencing of Three Points resident Wayne Allen Dean, 39.

Dean was indicted last year on nearly a dozen felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty counts pertaining to both Otis and Cissy, a German shepherd mix.

The dogs were seized by the county after a concerned neighbor reported suspected neglect.

The indictment accused Dean of physically abusing Otis and leaving Cissy improperly tied up without food or water. Dean pleaded guilty last month.

Fell could have sentenced Dean to probation or up to five years in prison.

The judge gave him two years after listening to Deputy Pima County Attorney Kathleen Mayer, a string of witnesses she brought in, defense attorney Barry Baker Sipe and Dean himself.

He also may have been influenced by the nearly 4,000 e-mails, letters, cards and petition signatures Mayer handed him.

Among those who testified against Dean was former jail employee Cheryl Haase, who testified Dean told her he shouldn't be in jail because what he did with his dogs was his business.

Mayer told Fell she didn't think Dean would be an appropriate candidate for probation, given the acts he committed and his unrepentant attitude.

Baker Sipe, however, said Dean could get the psychiatric and substance abuse help he needs if he were placed on probation. He noted Dean has no prior felony convictions.

In addition, Baker Sipe said two young men who admitted repeatedly shooting a pit-bull mix named "Bullet" in a high-profile media case didn't go to prison — to which Fell replied, "I didn't sentence them."

Dean said he didn't have money to take Otis to a vet and feared that if he did, the dog would be euthanized. He said he tried treating the wound where the dog's tail used to be with salt water and fed him moldy bread as a "cheap substitute for penicillin."

According to testimony, Dean, who does odd jobs, lives in a recreational vehicle without running water, electricity or toilet facilities.

While he didn't address many of the dog's injuries, Dean did say he asked his lawyer for DNA and bite comparisons but was unsuccessful.

"I wouldn't sodomize that dog," Dean insisted. "That's insane."

In addition to the prison sentence, Fell ordered Dean to pay $5,250 to the Pima County Animal Care Center.

Baker Sipe objected, saying the dogs had a "fair market value" of only $180 and Dean was never given the option of having them euthanized prior to their treatment.

Both dogs — and the puppies Cissy gave birth to afterward — did end up being euthanized weeks after their rescue. They contracted distemper.

● Contact reporter Kim Smith at 573-4241 or kimsmith@azstarnet.com.

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