OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha man accused of starving two pit bull dogs to death, then tossing their carcasses into a ravine has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.

Forty Four-year-old Shane Palmer was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded no contest in July to felony animal neglect and abandonment with serious injury.

Palmer was arrested in February following an investigation by the Nebraska Humane Society.

Officials say the carcasses of two male dogs were found Jan. 9 after they had been thrown into a ravine east of Palmer's house in north Omaha. Officials say one of the dogs had been microchipped, which led investigators to Palmer.

A necropsy showed the dogs, named Pokie and Boss, died primarily of starvation, with hypothermia as a secondary cause.

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