BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. -- The suspect accused of shooting a pit bull close range in the head will be serving two years of community service, a spokesperson for the 20th Judicial District said Friday.
Russell William Middleton, 38, was arrested in July 21, 2015, on three felony charges and one misdemeanor charge in connection with the case, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office.
Boulder County Animal Control found the dog, now called Beefcakes, on July 7. The dog was wandering in an empty parking lot and was seemingly in bad shape.
Vets said the dog had been shot at close range and that the bullet fractured the dog's jaw bone in multiple locations. Beefcakes went through multiple surgeries last year to repair the damage.
Beefcakes was finally adopted by his new owners in April of this year.