Man who punished dog by beating it with bat now in jail

A Middletown man who pleaded guilty to beating a dog with a baseball bat is now serving his sentence in the Butler County Jail.

Clayton Sisco, 18, was charged last month with misdemeanor cruelty to companion animals and entered a guilty plea at his arraignment in Middletown Municipal Court.

Magistrate Christopher Atkins sentenced Sisco to 90 days in jail, but gave him a stay to serve that sentence. Sisco did not return to court Friday and a bench warrant for his arrest was issued.

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Sisco was booked into the Butler County Jail at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to begin serving the sentence, according to the sheriff’s office.

Sisco was also ordered to pay court costs of $208 to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and $558 to Animal Friends Humane Society.

Sisco had admitted that he punished Deuce, a pit bull, for defecating in the cage it was confined in, according to Butler County Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs.

A humane officer was called to Seldon Avenue on June 30 on a report of a dog being beaten with a baseball bat. A neighbor caught the alleged abuse on video and sent it to authorities, Merbs said.

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There were seven other dogs on the property, all pit bull mixes, that were removed for safe keeping, authorities said.

In the video, Sisco hit the dog with a Louisville Slugger wooden bat. The dog is on its side. Duece did get up to try to get away from the abuse after Sisco walked away, Merbs said.

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