UPDATE: Racine County Felony Court Judge Michale Piontek sentenced Curtis Gossett to 5 1/2 years in prison and two years of extended supervision for animal mistreatment, party to a crime and habitual criminality.

ORIGINAL STORY: A Racine man has been sentenced and his son will be sentenced this week after the two men plead guilty to stomping on a six-month old puppy’s head in 2012, according to court records.

Fred Gossett, 52, of Racine, was sentenced to serve 1 ½ years in prison, and two years of extended supervision by Racine County Felony Court Judge Michael Piontek during a hearing held Monday, April 27.

Curtis Gossett, 25, of Caledonia, plead guilty to animal mistreatment in February. Curtis is expected to be sentenced on May 1.

According to the criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, Curtis went to his neighbor’s home and told the neighbor that he and his father killed the family’s puppy. The neighbor told police he found the puppy alive, but it was in a pool of blood and its eyes were bulging.

The owner of the dog told police that she owed the Gossett’s $13.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.