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Seek the highest penalty for man who beat neighbor’s golden retriever with a hatchet.
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Ricky Lee Knowles lured his neighbor’s dog and proceeded to mercilessly beat him until neighbors called police. Knowles trapped Kona, the golden retriever, tied him to a pole, and beat him with a hatchet, causing brain damage and extensive fractures on his head. Knowles pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges but avoided a felony charge that would have indicated that this man is a vicious threat to the public.