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Cumberland Man In Dog Duct-Taping Case Gets Shelter Work

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A Cumberland man convicted of abusing a dog by wrapping duct tape around its muzzle has been sentenced to work in an animal shelter.

The Cumberland Times-News reports Ricky Adams, 24, was sentenced Friday.

The judge suspended two, 90-day jail terms on the condition that Adams work 100 hours at the Allegany County Animal Shelter. Adams also was ordered to make restitution of about $1,400 to an animal hospital that treated the 10-month-old terrier.

Adams was convicted at a bench trial in November.

His attorney says Adams muzzled the dog in March to prevent it from biting. The dog was found outside the city eight days later.

Prosecutors dropped charges in September against a co-defendant, Frederick Lease, for lack of evidence.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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