A Reisterstown, Maryland a man was found guilty on Thursday by a Carroll County jury of aggravated animal cruelty just one year after he tied a cinder block around the neck of a dog and threw the pup off a bridge into the Liberty Reservoir. Anthony Michael Muniz, 37, was sentenced to the maximum of three years in prison.
According to Fox45News, the black-and-white pitbull mix originally named Roscoe was found tied to a cinder block floating in the reservoir after animal control officers from the Humane Society of Carroll County responded to a call about the discovery of Roscoe’s dead body. Around the dog’s neck was a leash and electric cord. Authorities were able to scan the dog’s body for a microchip and traced his identity back to Muniz who allegedly killed the dog to send a hurtful message to his then girlfriend.
Prosecutors say Muniz stole the dog from his girlfriend, presented it as a stray to a rescue group, then re-adopted the animal as his own and named the dog Gus.
“To treat a dog that way it shows an incredible amount of disregard not only for an animal’s life, but ultimately at times it concerns us about human life,” said Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian Deleonardo. “My office will aggressively prosecute the abuse or mistreatment of animals. Often people who mistreat and abuse animals pose a much greater risk to the public and are more likely to commit other crimes. I hope this conviction and sentence sends a warning to anyone who would engage in such conduct in the future.”
Rest in peace Roscoe. At least you were awarded a little bit of justice. We are sorry humans let you down.
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