Here's the scene-setter for you: Police arrive at the home of a (and I'm not kidding you) Savage resident to find a dog in the driveway of the home with a plastic bag over it's head and its skull crushed. AND STILL ALIVE.

During the trial, the scumbag's lawyer said 73 year-old Rudolph Poppe was 'just trying to put the 13-year-old golden retriever out of its misery.' Charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty, obstructing the legal process and disorderly conduct back in July, Poppe has been handed the laughable and truly flabbergasting sentence of a mere 90 days in jail, with 5 years probation.

"...police were called to Poppe’s home shortly after 7:15 p.m. July 12. There they found the dog with a white plastic bag tied over its head. The dog had a crushed skull and was covered in blood but it was breathing and twice tried to stand up while an officer waited with it for a rescue group to arrive and take it to the vet. The dog was euthanized about 8:40 that night.

Poppe, who apparently had been drinking, resisted arrest, refusing officers’ commands to put his hands behind his back and get down on the ground. Officers had to use two sets of handcuffs to restrain him and force him into a squad car, the complaint said.

Poppe’s neighbor told police that he saw Poppe hit the dog over the head with the large hammer about 15 times and saw the dog’s head split open. The neighbor said that he and others at the scene — including children — pleaded with Poppe to let them take the dog to the vet to be euthanized and that he “did not have to do it this way,” the complaint said."

Image- Scott County Jail

For the one felony animal cruelty charge Poppe gets 90 days in the Scott County jail with credit for 24 days served, a $500 fine and received 5 years probation. He is to report to jail on January 7, 2014. The gross misdemeanor charge for obstruction of justice he received 1 year stayed jail time (with credit for 24 days served) and 2 years probation to run concurrent. The conditions imposed on him are that he cannot possess any animals, no use of alcohol, random testing, supply DNA sample.

Apparently this guy isn't just your run-of-the-mill demonic spawn. His wife filed for a protection order, keeping him from going to his home.

Just after the tragic incident hit the news, a Facebook page and protest group appeared called Justice 4 Millie. I suggest you join and do what you can to keep things like this from happening again.

This guy is a dirt-bag and he deserves a harsher penalty than a stinkin' 90 days in county.