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Weber County man who shot dog avoids jail time

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WEBER COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – A Weber County man will not serve time in jail for shooting his neighbor’s dog on Thanksgiving Day in 2017. 

Kim Tibbitts was sentenced to probation Tuesday afternoon, and the dog’s owners were not happy with the result.

The judge noted that new rules dictate jail time, but questioned if it would change behavior in a case like this. The judge did sentence Tibbitts to a one-year suspended sentence and two years of probation.

Fifteen days of jail time was an option for shooting Neiko with a BB gun, which resulted in the dog losing an eye.

Tanya Scott, one of the dog’s owners, wanted Tibbitts to spend every weekend for the next 9 months behind bars so he wouldn’t lose his job. Tibbitts showed no emotion in court as the Scott Family told their story.

Although he apologized, the family thought his sentence wasn’t harsh enough. 

“If I could take back what happened that day I would. I never intended to injure Neiko and I’m sorry,” said Tibbitts.

“It just hurts to see him go through this, and nothing be done about it.,” said Parris Scott.

Tibbitts has paid around $2,700 in vet bills and restitution.

He will have to go through a private probation and parole service to meet his court obligations.

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