MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Princeton man pleaded guilty Thursday to videotaping the beating and torturous death of his girlfriend’s dog.

Anthony Sather’s ex-girlfriend discovered video of him smiling as he tortured and shot her dog, Draco, on his computer. Sather, 24, was arrested back in January for mistreating animals and possessing drugs.

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A search of his home revealed items indicating that he had tortured and killed the dog. Authorities also found marijuana nd 300 pills not prescribed to him.

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Sather pleaded guilty to cruelty to an animal and one count of fifth-degree controlled substance, both felonies. He will be sentenced on Aug. 17 and remains in custody in the Sherburne County Jail.

(credit: Lynn Schoenstedt)

(credit: Lynn Schoenstedt)

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The case has gained support from around the country. Nearly 120,000 people signed an online petition demanding Sather face the maximum punishment. Under new animal mistreatment laws, Sather could face up to two years in prison.