The Associated Press
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) — A 27-year-old man accused of cutting a pit bull’s throat and tying it to a tree has been sentenced to one year in jail, said prosecutors in Howard County, Maryland.
Corey Markus Jones pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated animal cruelty and was ordered to complete three years of probation, as well as undergo mental health treatment, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.
Police were called to a neighborhood in Ellicott City on Dec. 30 for a report of blood in the area, which led them to the pit bull’s body, the agency said at the time. Jones was accused of slashing the animal’s neck and leaving it tied up. The dog had struggled to free itself before dying from its injuries, police said.
Investigators determined the dog was being cared for by a friend of the owner, and Jones had recently been staying with them. At the time, prosecutors said Jones was found hiding in a bathtub behind a shower curtain in the apartment.
“It is unconscionable to think that Mr. Jones intentionally tortured this pit bull named ‘Blue’ and left her to die in a poor, defenseless state,” said Howard County State’s Attorney Rich Gibson in a statement Tuesday. “I hope he spends his incarcerated time and his time under community supervision pondering the deliberate cruelty he inflicted on this helpless animal and the pain it caused to the owner.”
Under the terms of Jones’ sentence, he cannot have animals in his residence and cannot have contact with the dog’s owner, news outlets reported.