(WTRF) A man from Brooke County was in court today after he allegedly shot and killed his neighbor’s dog and threw them over a hill.

Ronald J. Sebeck, 71, of Wellsburg, plead guilty to a felony offense of cruelty to animals.

“I think we’re headed in the right direction it’s not over but but I’m very happy with what the outcome today. We do. You miss Poppy, Yea we miss her every day, everyday. She was a family member.”

Dr. Betsy and Frankie Caruso – Poppy’s Owner

“We want them to know that we stand behind them, we stand with them, we are there for them if they need anything because we can all put ourselves in their shoes. If this happened to our animals what would we want, we would want to feel some support as well.”

Carri Welsh – Coordinator

“Just given the cruelty involved in this case, I believe we will be seeking time in the penitentiary and that is what the I believe the dogs owners are going to be seeking as well.”

Joseph Barki – Brooke County Prosecutor

Sebeck is scheduled to be sentenced on December 12 at 9:35 AM.

Officials say, Poppy, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, only 1 1/2 years old, went missing on Sept. 29.

The family searched for the dog, but they were tipped off on Oct. 6 that Poppy was shot by Sebeck, according to officials.

Officials say that Sebeck admitted to shooting her with a high-powered pellet gun and that he was drinking but didn’t know where Poppy was.

On Oct. 8, officials say the family found Poppy dead.

Sebeck could face a felony offense that could land him up to five years in prison and fined $1,000 to $5,000.

According to a necropsy report, Poppy died from force trauma.

Outside the courthouse for a peaceful protest.