GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man could spend two years in jail after admitting to aggravated cruelty to animals.

In March 2020, Brian Cline, 43, hit and kicked a toy poodle at a home on Baseline Road in Grand Island. The owner of the dog found it dead in a crate the next morning.

According to a necropsy, the dog died from blunt force trauma.

Cline will be sentenced in January, Currently, he’s not in custody, since the felony charge he admitted to is non-qualifying for bail.

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