Rockford man accused of burning dog sentenced to 30 months probation

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Bobby Horton Jr. was sentenced Thursday to 30 months probation for his role in an animal cruelty case in 2018.

Horton and his girlfriend, Samantha Rose Anderson, were accused of using chemicals or hot water to burn an 8-month-old pitbull named Simba, which they had acquired from a mutual friend.

When the friend tried to get Simba back in March 2018, a gun was fired in the apartment the couple shared in the 3100 block of Jaqueline Drive, which led to a SWAT standoff after which Horton eventually surrendered.

Simba gained public support for his medical bills as he was treated for his injuries at a local animal shelter. Simba was later adopted out of state.

Horton pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty and reckless discharge on May 7th, 2019. He was sentenced to 30 months probation, 180 days in jail (with 150 stayed), 180 hours of public service, and a $2,049 fine.

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