FALL RIVER, Mass. — A Massachusetts man who nearly killed a dog by stabbing it five times will be released from jail after being sentenced to time served.

The Herald News reports (http://bit.ly/2se9Guz ) that William Whitson, of Fall River, has been in custody since September 2015, when he stabbed a pit bull outside his city barbershop.

A prosecutor said the sentence was too lenient, and had pushed for four to seven years behind bars. Whitson was also ordered to pay $3,000 to a shelter that paid for the dog’s treatment.

Whitson said he stabbed the pit bull in self-defense because it bit him and wouldn’t let go as he tried to stop it from attacking a smaller dog.

The prosecutor says the dog never bit Whitson or attacked the other dog.

Information from: The (Fall River, Mass.) Herald News, http://www.heraldnews.com

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