Scottsbluff man pleads guilty in dog killing

A 29 year old Scottsbluff man has entered guilty pleas after being arrested and charged in connection with a domestic dispute that resulted in throwing a dog against a wall and breaking its neck.

According to court documents, Richard Mackin was arrested Wednesday evening after police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in progress. Upon arrival, Mackin reportedly told officers "Just take me to jail", standing up, turning around and placing his hands behind his back. Mackin told officers he threw the dog against the wall, breaking it's neck when he became enraged after his girlfriend's oldest child hit him over the head with the dog's chain as he was bent over.

The girlfriend advised police that Richard had been yelling at her children, and when she attempted to speak to him about it, he became even more upset and angry, and threw the dog against the wall.

At his first appearance in Scotts Bluff County Court Friday, Mackin entered guilty pleas to 3rd degree domestic assault and cruelty to animals, both Class I misdemeanors.

Bond was set at 10% of $10,000. Sentencing is scheduled for December 4th at 9:30 a.m.

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