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SLC man pleads guilty to torture 1 year after death of 4-month-old border collie

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Posted at 8:08 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 08:49:22-04

Moose, a dog killed by alleged abuse.

Moose, a dog killed by alleged abuse.

SALT LAKE CITY – A Salt Lake City man pleaded guilty to torturing a companion animal after the death of his border collie puppy last year.

Mikah Johnson, now 20, was accused of beating his 4-month-old puppy, Moose, on several occasions before it died on Aug. 18, 2015.

On Tuesday, Johnson pleaded guilty to two counts of torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony. He also pleaded guilty to assault, a class B misdemeanor.

During court proceedings, Tuesday, a pre-sentence investigation was ordered. Johnson will be released to the Ankle Monitor Program.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 4 at 8:30 a.m.

Mikah Johnson, a suspect in an animal cruelty case.

Mikah Johnson, a suspect in an animal cruelty case.