Man pleads guilty to killing Yorkshire Terrier in front of 12-year-old girl
KSTU/St. George News
Kenyon Clark Benson, 74, is accused of killing "Chewy" with a pair of gardening shears.

By David Wells, KSTU

ST. GEORGE, Utah -- (KSTU) -- A St. George man accused of killing his neighbor’s two-pound Yorkshire Terrier has pleaded guilty to an animal cruelty charge, St. George News reports.

Kenyon Clark Benson, 74, pleaded guilty to a class C misdemeanor count of aggravated cruelty to an animal.

The charge stems from a call made to police last November by Nancy Limburg, who said her 12-year-old daughter witnessed Benson beating “Chewy” with a pair of gardening shears, the St. George News report said.

“What is known and is not in dispute, is that a small dog entered the neighbor’s yard and approached the man, who was maintaining his landscaping,” a representative for St. George Police told St. George News. “The man swung a long handled pruning sheer at the dog when it approached him. The sheers ended up striking the dog in the head, killing it instantly.”

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