A former Lancaster city police officer pleaded guilty Friday to beating his puppy with a piece of wood, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.
Damon Bronstetter, 28, of West Lampeter Township, was sentenced to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service, according to prosecutors. Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth also ordered that Bronstetter undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment and banned him from having a pet during probation.
Bronstetter hit his 10-month-old German Shepherd in August or September 2018, according to officials. He was charged with cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor that went into effect as part of Libre's Law.
In court, Bronstetter told Ashworth he was ashamed, according to prosectors.
Bronstetter is also accused of grabbing a woman's arm, pinning her to the ground and putting his hands around her neck on Oct. 29 and 30, 2018 at his Musser Avenue home, police said. That simple assault case is scheduled for trial later this year.
The city terminated Bronstetter's employment Feb. 6. The police union filed a grievance, but then withdrew it, according to Patrick Hopkins, the city's director of business administration.