The Warren, Ohio man who strangled and skinned a dog and posted the egregious deed on a Facebook video was released early from jail on Friday. Scott Winter, 46, had been sentenced to a year in jail.
According to Fox News, Judge Taryn Heath sentenced Winter to a year in jail in October after he pleaded guilty to violating Goddard’s law protecting companion animals making it a fifth degree felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. This includes depriving a pet of food, water or shelter or inflicting long-term pain.
Warren Police Department Detective Michael Altiere stated the incident happened months ago, although the video of the horrific act was only recently released on social media. The son, who owned the dog, wanted everyone to know what his dad and his girlfriend had done to his pet. It is believed the dog was dead when Winter, shown in the video, stood over the dog hanging from a rope with a bucket underneath it to catch the blood and skinned it.
Authorities found a notebook in the home labeled “dogs” and in it were recipes. It is not known if the remains of the dog were ever used for human consumption.
Winter had been arrested in August along with his girlfriend, Victoria Young, who later admitted the skull and bones found in a fire pit outside of the home had been the remains of the dog. Young served a 90-day jail sentence. She is prohibited from owning any animals and is on probation for the next five years.
Winter has also been placed on five years of probation including one year of supervision, 200 hours of community service but cannot be performed at an animal shelter or humane society. He must also undergo mental assessments and complete all recommendations including taking prescribed medication.
He is prohibited from owning any companion animal or living with someone who has one for the rest of his life.
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