Texas man sentenced to 3 years in prison after punching, choking dog named ‘Old Man’

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A Texas man with a history of violence was sentenced to three years in prison for punching and choking a dog, prosecutors said.

Michael Wayne Johnson, 48, was arrested in October after he was seen picking up the dog, a Corgi-Australian shepherd mix named Old Man, by the neck before punching the dog in the face, according to the Harris County District Attorney Office.

“Prosecutors who specialize in animal cruelty work hard to get justice for those who might not have a say in our system,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said in a release.  “Pets are family. They are protected under the law. We want to hold abusers accountable.”

Old Man survived. He was taken to an animal shelter and placed in an adoption program. 

Johnson pleaded guilty in April to cruelty to a non-livestock animal. He was sentenced to three years in prison earlier this week. 

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Johnson has a history of violence. He was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in 2006 and sentenced to two years in prison.