Justice has been served for a small dog who was found with his muzzle taped shut and his legs bound. The man responsible has plead guilty and will spend 2 years in prison.
The tiny dog was found by a Good Samaritan behind a Canadian shopping center on December 17, 2015. The Patterdale terrier was immediately rushed to a emergency vet hospital where it was determined the dog would not have survived more than a few hours longer.
The dog was taken to the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society and named Justice and a social media campaign was begun to track down the dog’s owner. It turns out that Justice’s previous owners, Jessica Hems and Adam Esipu, had given the dog to Michael Earl Hill on December 15 and asked him to surrender the dog to the humane society.
The couple had a newborn daughter who was allergic to the 7-year-old dog and gave Hill $60 for the surrender fee. However, instead of taking the dog to the shelter, Hill bound the small dog up and left him to die in a field.
A few days later, after pictures of Justice came to the couple’s attention, Esipu went to the humane society and turned Hill in.
Hill was charged with animal cruelty by police and on February 1, 2016 he pleaded guilty to a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. Hill will spend the next 2 years in a federal prison. After his release he will be on probation for 3 years and is banned from having a pet for 25 years.
The Windsor Star reported that Hill will also be prohibited from possessing weapons during his probation and he must provide a blood sample for the national DNA databank Canadian police use to solve crime.
Ontario court Justice Micheline Rawlins also ordered Hill to get psychological counselling, saying “People who become serial killers begin with small animals.”
Hill has a lengthy criminal record that includes convictions for robberies and domestic assault. He recently moved to the Windsor area.
“We at the Humane Society are grateful that the Crown and Judge took Justice’s case so seriously and imposed a sentence higher than is often given in animal cruelty cases,” wrote the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society. “We also thank Windsor Police Service for all their hard work throughout the investigation.”
Justice is currently undergoing treatment for a pre-existing heart worm infection and for his injuries. The humane society is optimistic that he will make a full recovery but he has a long road of recovery ahead of him before he is ready for adoption.
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