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Columbus, Ohio (The Weekly Vice) -- David P. Santuomo, a 43-year-old Columbus firefighter pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting two dogs so he wouldn't have to pay boarding fees while he and his girlfriend went on vacation.
Franklin County prosecutors say Santuomo took his two dogs to the basement, suspended them from a ceiling pipe and then shot them at least 11 times - all in an effort to avoid costs associated with pet-sitting.
Authorities became aware of the animals' killing in December, 2008 after Santuomo allegedly bragged to coworkers about killing the dogs and then dumping their corpses.
"Fellow firefighters were disgusted by what he did and the Capital Area Humane Society was called to investigate," said county prosecutor Heather Robinson. "The humane society would have taken the animals if Santuomo had asked, and two neighbors had offered to watch the dogs in his absence."
Court documents reveal Santuomo initially lied to investigators, claiming the dogs were suffering because they had consumed anti-freeze. He also reportedly lied to his children and ex-wife about what had happened.
Santuomo, however, changed his story after a necropsy proved that he was lying, Robinson said.
Santuomo pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty and one count of possession of a criminal tool. He was ordered to spend 90 days in jail and pay a $4,500 fine.
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