Man Who Killed Girlfriend's Dog Gets Prison

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Byline: Josh Stockinger jstockinger@dailyherald.com

When Michael Chacon's girlfriend returned to their Glendale Heights apartment last July, the walls were covered in blood and her Chihuahua was dead.

On Wednesday, Chacon admitted he fatally beat the 5-pound pooch named Tyson, apparently because it urinated on his shirt. Chacon, 24, pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty and was sentenced to 20 months in prison by DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell. With six months already spent in the county jail, he must serve at least four months before he could be eligible for parole.

Chacon killed the dog on July 28, 2012, and then called his then-girlfriend at work and told her it was dead. The girlfriend rushed home to find the pup fatally beaten and Chacon mopping up blood, according to court records. An examination showed Tyson died of severe trauma, including multiple skull and rib fractures, a hip injury and a fractured femur, prosecutors said.

"There was blood splatter in the home up to 5 feet on the walls," Assistant State's Attorney Fred Flather said. …