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GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming man pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty for abandoning his 4-month-old puppy in a dumpster during the winter.

The Gillette News Record reports Manuel Rodrigues was sentenced Tuesday to four consecutive 180-day sentences, the maximum penalty for animal cruelty.

Rodrigues will receive credit for 66 days served on one of the counts.

Rodrigues also was fined $405 and was ordered to pay $669.65 in restitution to the Friends of Gillette Animal Shelter, which provided medical care to the puppy, Missy.

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Gillette Police Sgt. Eric Dearcorn says Missy would have died of hypothermia because the temperature that day was about minus 3.

A couple found Missy while out walking their dog early Dec. 30. They heard the puppy whining and found her and paper towels soiled in dog feces stuffed inside a plastic air mattress.


Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,