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Thursday, Jun 30, 1994County: Philadelphia
» Jason Tapper
» Roy A. Elliott
» Jan Pyatt
Jason Tapper, 21, Roy A. Elliott, 21, guilty of cruelty to animals and of conspiracy of cruelty to animals. Jan Pyatt, 23, was found guilty of conspiracy but not guilty of cruelty.
Tapper and Elliott tied the dalmatian dog to a tree, taped its mouth shut, and let Pyatt's pit bull attack it. When the pit bull could not kill Duke, Tapper crushed Duke's skull with cinder blocks, slit its throat and belly open, and cut its tail and ears off while the dog was still alive.
Judge Biester Jr sentenced the men according to their involvement in the mutilation of Duke: Pyatt got the least amount of time - six to 23 months; Elliott was sentenced to nine to 21 months, and Tapper received 1-1/2 to three years.
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