SALEM — A 23-year-old Centralia man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal and cruelty to animals.
Irvan Hendrix was initially arrested in April, after an investigation led to a warrant being issued for his arrest after he abused a six month old Labrador by throwing it the floor and breaking its leg.
According to police reports, the dog did not receive treatment until several days later, when the Centralia humane society became involved and Hendrix agreed to release the animal to the agency, which took the puppy to the vet for treatment.
A felony charge of cruelty to animals, with a prior conviction, was dismissed per the plea agreement. Hendrix was convicted in Jackson County in 2012, on a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals that had been reduced per a plea agreement from felony aggravated cruelty to animals. In that case he was sentenced to 12 months conditional discharge and given credit for 61 days served in the county jail.
In addition to the Jackson county cruelty to animals conviction, Hendrix has convictions for battery, domestic battery and violating orders of protection.
Hendrix has been held in the Marion County jail since his arrest in May, with bond set at $50,000. He will be credited for the time he’s served awaiting trial.