A convicted dog killer will spend the next 20 months in his own cage.
Elvin Dooley, 57, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on felony animal cruelty charges for pumping three bullets into a small, abandoned dog last January, the Sun-Times reports.
Dooley used a rifle with telescopic sight to kill the stray animal that walked from a nearby shelter onto his property.
Lake County prosecutors argued the convicted felon, who broke the law by having a weapon, shot the dog on purpose.
The judge agreed.
Dooley's lawyers wanted probation for the Grayslake-area man, who still faces felony weapons charges for allegedly owning nearly 20 guns.
Dooley apologized before getting locked up.