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Dog trainer sentenced on animal cruelty charges

A central New Jersey dog trainer who severely beat a canine that died while in his care has sentenced to five years in prison.

Michael Rosenberg, of Princeton, had pleaded guilty in May to animal cruelty. The charges stemmed from the 2012 death of Shyanne, a 3-year old German-shepherd mix owned by one of Rosenberg’s clients.

Authorities have said Rosenberg hit Shyanne with a crop whip, picked her up and slammed her on the ground and did not seek medical attention for the animal.

The sentence handed down Friday will run concurrently with a four-year sentence he received in 2011 for child endangerment. The latter sentence had been suspended, but was reinstated after the 32-year-old Rosenberg violated probation by failing a drug test and attempting to cheat on another.

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