A Post Falls man who beat his dog with a hammer as his neighbor watched in horror has been sentenced to six months in jail. Calvin Franklin Palmer, 53, who served 33 years in prison in Arizona for murder, apologized at his sentencing Friday and said the death of his Akita-pit bull even “traumatized him,” according to court records. “I was the only one who treated her nicely,” Palmer said. He told police he killed the dog after she attacked a cat and he feared she would attack him. “I'm sorry that someone saw me do that,” he said in court Friday, according to a transcript. Palmer was booked into the Kootenai County Jail that day to begin his sentence/Meghann Cuniff, SR. More here.