Man who threw dog off bridge with cinder block tied to its neck sent to prison

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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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24 replies
  1. pennysdachshunds says:

    I am glad the Prosecutor and Judge stood up and gave this Puke at Least Three Years to rethink his lot in Life… or maybe a dog lover and advocate Will Make the DECISION to Seek ” Jail Justice for Roscoe ” and dispose of this worthless scumbag SO other animals and people are safe from his downright vile and evil self!!!

  2. Pamela Garlisch says:

    Hope he serves the maximum without parole! Needs to be put on an abusers list so he can NEVER have an animal ever again! Maybe Karma will visit him in jail and he will never get out. RIP Roscoe, I feel bad for you, you were just a pawn.

  3. Tara Bostick says:

    So bittersweet! I hope gp gets ahold of him and he becomes his cell mates next frosted mini wheat!

    Punk B****

  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    3 years is hardly enough of a sentence does it really make a statement to others that would do such a despicable thing? I highly doubt it! What kind of a sociopath does this to an innocent animal and the “girlfriend” he is supposed to care about, a sociopath that shouldn’t ever walk the streets again.

    • Me' says:

      Agree. Andrew Callaway just got 12 years, two in state and 10 in Federal for the murder of Diesel a 3 month old puppy. I know this sounds bad but I hope he does not survive the two years in State. Daddy’s money did not save him.

  5. Stephen Phillips says:

    We can only pray that his fellow-inmates … when learning of this cruelty… exact “Biblical” reciprocity (a la the laundry “ladies” from Shawshank Redemption)…

  6. Nancy Raymond says:

    O please, three lousy years and that is the maximum and I bet he’ll be out in half that time – hell he definitely should have a cinder block tied to his filthy neck thrown in the same reservoir – to treat an animal so cruelly and get such small punishment infuriates me. Roscoe deserved much better – I truly hope Muniz finds himself in the shower w/a 300lb. animal lover who holds a shank and has no problem using it. Muniz is nothing more than a hunk of sewer slime that should be eliminated from this world.

  7. susan froman says:

    I wish this judge made an example of this POS and gave it more time!!!!!
    I also hope everyone makes it their bitch!!!!!

  8. Joyce says:

    I would really like to know if this cretin has any affiliation with the dog hate lobby. This is one of their preferred methods, and in fact, have advocated for certain types of dogs to be killed in this manner. There’s one other method, which has seen an uptick in incidents, this “organization” favors more…rarely any perpetrators caught, as this crime is committed in complete anonymity, and is fatal in most instances.

  9. Sheri says:

    THANK YOU JUDGE!! Now if only ALL JUDGES would step up and follow your example ,,maybe the ANIMAL ABUSERS will start to die off!! (BE KILLED IN PRISON BY INMATES!!)


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