HEMINGFORD — A Hemingford man has been sentenced to prison for shooting and killing his girlfriend’s dog as it sat in its kennel.

Box Butte County District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman sentenced Adam Swanson, 30, on Monday to two years of imprisonment, with three days credit for time served. The court also ordered that Swanson not be allowed to own, possession or reside with an animal for a period of 15 years. He was also ordered to serve nine months of post-release supervision.

Swanson pleaded no contest to a charge of cruelty to animals, a Class IV felony, during court proceedings in Box Butte County District Court in June. According to an arrest affidavit filed in Box Butte County Court, a Box Butte County Sheriff’s deputy had responded Jan. 20 to a residence on Dakota Road, which is about 5 miles northeast of Hemingford. Swanson’s girlfriend alleged that Swanson was intoxicated and had intentionally shot her dog in the kennel at their home. The woman said she was within feet of the dog kennel, which was in the kitchen of the home, when Swanson shot the dog. According to a protection order filed by the woman, the two had been arguing when the shooting occurred.

Swanson allegedly admitted to shooting and killing the dog during a recorded interview.

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Maunette Loeks is the digital news editor of the Star-Herald. Contact her at 308-632-9054 or by email at mloeks@starherald.com.

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