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Woman's dog shot, killer gets hefty sentence

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"Justice is served."

That's what one Eastern Iowa woman is saying after the man who shot her dog was handed a hefty sentence.

KWWL first brought you the story in February. 

Donna Ponto of Greene says her veterinarian received an anonymous, threatening note in the mail.

In addition, the note contained Ponto's dog's collar and tag.

The note stated it was the Ponto's "final warning," turns out, someone had shot and killed her dog Chico. 

Now, months later, Michael Kepple of Greene has been given the maximum sentence for animal abuse.

Kepple is serving two years probation, and if he breaks probation he goes to prison.

He'll also have to pay a hefty fine, more than $600.

He'll also have to spend 40 hours volunteering in an animal shelter.

Donna Ponto says life has been different without Chico, but it's not all bad.

The Ponto's new dog, Buster, has been with the Ponto's a few months now.

He's a good companion for Banjo, the Ponto's older dog, and Chico's best friend before he died.

Ponto is better off than she was in February.

When Chico was shot, emotions were high,

"He didn't even have a chance," said Ponto.

Ponto was scared -- the threatening letter sent to her vet with Chico's collar attached was frightening.

But today, it's different.

She says court was a victory, although she was nervous to face Chico's killer.

But now Kepple faces probation, fines, and 40 hours of community service in an animal shelter.

An appropriate sentence, says Ponto.

She hopes he learns something.

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