An Ascension parish man will spend the next five years behind bars after he beat his dog to death with a baseball bat. Jeff Dorson with the Humane Society of Louisiana says Jamari Jackson faced up to 10 years for the 2014 crime, but they are happy with the sentence he got.

“We’re delighted that the judge in this case actually ruled to what we think is a fair and equitable ruling that he did deserve this much time for what he did,” Dorson said.

Jackson reportedly claimed that he hit his dog because it was stuck in a barbed wire fence and he wanted to “relax” it to get it loose. Dorson says this is a good result for a horrible tragedy.

“It sends a very strong message to other animal abusers that if caught and convicted, you will face a lengthy jail time in Louisiana,” Dorson said.