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Owner of abandoned dog gets 4 days in jail, community service

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The owner of a dog found dead and emaciated in an unoccupied Grand Forks apartment pleaded guilty today to a charge of abandoning an animal and was sentenced to four days in jail and 100 hours of community service.

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Johnell Hallman, 24, turned himself in today at the Grand Forks County jail and appeared in state District Court that afternoon, a jail spokesman said.

A judge directed Hallman, who plans to live in Minneapolis, to contact a humane society there about completing his community service.

On Sept. 8, a property manager, who was checking to see if Hallman's apartment had been vacated, discovered the body of Lyric, a 5-year-old female Pekingese, authorities said.

Police said the deceased dog appeared malnourished; there was no food or water available; and there were feces throughout the unit.

Hallman told an officer he had been in Minneapolis for more than a month and thought a friend was caring for his dog. Hallman would not tell the officer the name of that friend, court documents show.

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