Former police officer sentenced for beating puppy with piece of wood
WPMT / Lancaster County
Damon Bronstetter was sentenced to two years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment.

By Cale Ahearn, WPMT

LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. (WPMT) -- A former Lancaster city police officer was recently sentenced for beating his puppy with a piece of wood in 2018.

Damon Bronstetter was sentenced to two years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment. He is also banned from having a pet during the period of supervision.

Bronstetter, who was an officer at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty.

In court, Assistant District Attorney Alex Egner said that Bronstetter struck his 10-month old German Shepherd with a piece of wood, causing bleeding and a tear in the dog's fur.

He also had a pending simple assault case regarding an alleged assault against a woman in 2018.

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