A man at the center of a case that drew a lot of heated comments from viewers, returned to court Tuesday.
28-year old Metrelle Dailey was given 20 months to five years for tossing his dog from a nine story building.
Dailey was arrested back in October after police say he threw his rat terrier dog, Domino, from the ninth story of an apartment building during a fight with his girlfriend.
In an exclusive interview the day after the incident Dailey told Channel Six News he didn't do it.
“I like animals I do,” Dailey said.
“That's why I bought him because I like and animals and I love to treat animals right.”
But a month later he pleaded no contest to animal cruelty.
Tuesday animal lovers packed the courtroom to hear Dailey's sentence.
Wendy Lacey owns a dog and says she believes the sentence was fair.
“I think that a person who is capable of doing something like this is probably I believe a danger to society."
Carol Knoepfler who works as a dog walker at the Nebraska Humane Society agrees.
“I’m very sorry we had to be here today.”
“I'm not surprised by the turnout people care about the lives of their animals in Omaha.”
The defense argued that Dailey has been suffering from schizophrenia for years, contributing to his actions that day.
Mark Langan, with the Nebraska Humane Society says they were not aware of Dailey's health history.
“We wish we wouldn't have done that. We had no back round information on him at the time, that would lead us to believe he'd do anything like this.”
Langan says animals are often used as instruments of violence in abuse cases and he believes Dailey's sentence fits the crime.
“The judge realized that was a crime of violence and this guy probably poses a danger to the public if put on probation, so he made the right decision."
The Nebraska Humane Society tells Channel Six News they plan no changes to their adoption policies.
They currently check for past cruelty problems and have the right to refuse adoption, but have no way of checking someone's mental health records