Rhode Island's Supreme Court has upheld the two-year sentence given to a South Kingstown man who was convicted killing his dog.
Edgar Goulet is on probation after serving his prison time for shooting the pit bull, Sparky, in the head in May, 2006.
His lawyers had argued that Goulet acted in self-defense after he was attacked by the dog.
But prosecutors say Goulet was angry that the dog refused to come to him after wandering into a neighbor's yard.
He was convicted of the malicious killing of an animal and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.
Supreme Court Justice Francis Flaherty wrote that the record showed Sparky had a checkered past, but did not exhibit any signs of aggressive behavior that day.