An Oneida, New York, man admitted in court that he had tied a cord around a dog’s neck and dragged her behind a vehicle in October 2020. According to multiple sources, 50-year-old Milton Lighthall pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals last week, and he was sentenced to two years in prison for the offense.
Lighthall’s cruel act claimed the life of an Australian/German shepherd mix named Lily – the dog belonged to someone that Lighthall had been staying with and he explained that he intended to hurt the dog because she had bit him two days before the dragging incident.
Lily’s owner had reported the dog missing on Oct.2, and a social media post about an injured dog in Vernon led the owner to the grievously injured dog on Oct. 9. At the veterinarian, it was determined that the dog had developed sepsis from widespread injuries that had not been treated. As reported by WKTV News, Lily had to be euthanized.
The authorities instigated an investigation into Lighthall after a witness reported seeing him alongside a road with the injured dog next to his vehicle. The witness saw blood on the roadway and told the police that Lighthall had removed a cord from the dog’s neck and let her run away.
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