Eastpointe man sentenced to 29 days for dog's beating captured on video

John Sporer found guilty of animal abuse, torture

By Nick Monacelli - Reporter

EASTPOINTE, Mich. - A man convicted of animal abuse and torture learned his fate Wednesday morning. 

UPDATEEastpointe man sentenced to jail for viciously beating 'Meatball' the bullmastiff

John Sporer was sentenced to 29 days to be served on weekends so he can continue to work during the week.

Sporer was captured on video attacking a dog. A neighbor recorded it with his cellphone. It showed Sporer slamming the bull mastiff's head into a wall. 

Eastpointe police initially questioned Sporer, then returned to break down his door and arrest him. 

The Macomb County prosecutor charged him with felony animal abuse and torture.

The neighbor who recorded the video in February 2016, Timothy England, said he saw Sporer holding the dog by his choker and hitting him with his other hand.

“He was using both hands in the act,” England said.

Read back: Concerned neighbor records dog's beating

Veterinarians testified the dog, named Meatball, had contusions on his head and two broken ribs. A jury found Sporer guilty on all charges. 

Meatball was moved to a kennel where he has room to be a dog again. 

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