BALTIMORE, MD — A man has was sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of tying a cinder block to his girlfriend’s dog before tossing him into a reservoir.

In February of last year, a pit bull mix named Roscoe was found dead in the Liberty Reservoir tied to a cinder block. The dog had been microchipped, so investigators quickly identified the woman who owned the dog.

After talking with the woman, it was determined that her boyfriend, Anthony “Tony” Muniz, was responsible for the dog’s death and he was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.

According to prosecutors, Muiz stole the dog from his girlfriend and took it to a rescue group claiming that it was a stray, then re-adopted Roscoe as his own.

Of course, he had no intention of keeping the animal since he ended up tying a cinder block to the dog before chucking him into the water. Why would he do this? According to prosecutors, it was to send a message to his girlfriend.

Muiz pleaded not guilty to the charges, but a jury found him guilty after a two-day trial. This was helped by Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian Deleonardo who said his office will aggressively prosecute people accused of abusing animals.

“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,” he said. “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.”

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