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Littleton man gets probation for tossing puppies into creek

Posted March 11, 2011 2:47 p.m. EST

— A Littleton man has been placed on probation for putting nine puppies in a bag and throwing them in a creek last fall, authorities said.

Mark Scott Lane, 50, pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, suspended to three years on probation and a $200 fine.

The pit bull-mix puppies were put into a large, plastic bag and then thrown into a creek near Weaver Chapel Road sometime between Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, authorities said. A nurse who lives on Lake Gaston said she was taking a walk when she heard strange noises coming from the creek and spotted the bag and rescued the dogs.

Two of the puppies were dead when they were put in the bag, and the other seven died within a week.