FLINT (WWJ) – A 53-year-old Genesee County man has pleaded guilty in the torturing and beating death of his dog.

County Prosecutor David Leyton said 53-year-old Kenneth Plouffe, of Flushing Township, pled guilty Friday to killing/torturing an animal.

Leyton said Plouffe beat his 10-pound female Pomeranian to death on Dec. 30 after he discovered the dog had defecated in their home. Plouffe and his girlfriend had allegedly been out drinking prior to the incident.

“We take a dim view of individuals who abuse defenseless animals and we prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” Leyton said in a statement.

Law enforcement was alerted to the incident by a concerned friend, who came forward after Plouffe told him what he did, Leyton said.

Plouffe is due back in court for sentencing on May 29. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison.

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