WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A D.C. man who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of cruelty to animals in January was sentenced on Friday.
Thirty-five-year-old Charles Palmer was sentenced to 25 months in prison to be followed by three years of probation.
Earlier, he pleaded guilty to two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of Cruelty to Animals, as well as one misdemeanor count of Simple Assault.
According to court documents, Palmer abused ten different dogs, three of which have died allegedly due to Palmer's abuse. Two of the dogs, Porter and Roxy, were rescued and rehabilitated by the Washington Humane Society.
The location of the five other dogs is currently unknown.
On April 23, 2012, officials received a call that Palmer was fighting with his pit bull type dog (Porter) and was seen beating him, slamming the animal to the ground repeatedly, bringing him into the woods, and then exiting the woods with just the leash, according to WHS.
A 20-month investigation ensued, revealing the other instances of abuse.
Palmer has been held without bond due to the severity of his crimes and an extensive pattern of abuse and violent behavior going back 10 to 15 years.