SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man convicted of animal torture will spend one month in jail for punching his American bulldog puppy to death in June.
Woodbury County District Court Judge Gary E. Wenell on Friday sentenced 36-year-old Bobby Loggins to 365 days in jail but suspended 335 days of that sentence and credited Loggins for time already served. Loggins will be on probation for 18 months upon his release.
"We must remember the victim herein was not a person," Wenell said.
Loggins stood trial before Wenell on Dec. 18, accused of punching his 50-pound puppy, Sire, to death.
Witnesses testified during the bench trial that Loggins punched the dog numerous times in the face after it urinated on the dining room carpet at his home. Loggins took the puppy outside, and when it returned, it was breathing hard, shaking and coughing up blood. The puppy died a short time later.
Before Wenell handed down the sentence, Loggins' wife, Rochelle Loggins, took the stand.
Rochelle Loggins, who has been married to Bobby Loggins for 12 years, described her husband as a "very good" father and said he did not have a history of domestic violence or abuse in the home.
The loss of her husband's income, if he were incarcerated, would create a hardship for her and the couple's two children, ages 5 and 10, Rochelle Loggins said.
Loggins, dressed in a blue and black striped shirt, looked on during the sentencing, which was attended by Sioux City Animal Control owner Cindy Rarrat and several animal rescue volunteers.
Prosecutor Mark Campbell noted that Loggins has a history of alcohol and drug abuse and said Loggins would not understand the severity of his crime unless he were incarcerated.
Loggins' attorney, John Moeller, told Wenell that Loggins was intoxicated the day of the crime and "snapped." After realizing what he'd done, Moeller said, his client was "sympathetic."
"These are not the actions of a psychopath," he said.
Wenell said he had considered the fact that Loggins' prior history with law enforcement consisted of one minor drug possession conviction and traffic offenses. He said Iowa does not have a statewide problem with the crime of animal torture and that there is no evidence that Loggins will commit similar violent acts against people.
In addition to jail time, Loggins must pay a $625 fine and $300 to the Iowa Department of Corrections. He will also reimburse the Woodbury County Jail $50 for each day he is incarcerated. Loggins is required to undergo substance abuse counseling and a psychological evaluation.