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A man who muzzled a Patterdale Terrier and tied its legs got two years in prison

by Peter Barnes

At the evening hours, a good Samaritan found the muzzled Patterdale terrier with tied its legs behind a shopping mall in Canada. Then this small dog was taken right away to an emergency veterinary clinic, where it was determined that the dog wouldn’t live more than a few hours.

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Image credit: Windsor/Essex County Humane Society

The dog was taken to the Windsor/Essex County Humane Society, where it was given the name Justice. A campaign to find the dog’s owner has been started on social media. It turns out that Jessica Hems and Adam Esipu, Justice’s former owners, gave the dog to Michael Earl Hill and asked him to let the dog out into the human world.

The couple, who had just given birth to a daughter who was allergic to dust mites, paid Hill a buyout price of sixty dollars and handed over the Patterdale Terrier puppy. However, instead of taking the puppy to the shelter, Hill tied the little dog up and left it to die in a field.

Patterdale terrier
Image credit: Windsor/Essex County Humane Society

A few days later, when the couple saw the video of Justice, Esipu took Hale to the Humane Society and gave him to them.

Hill was charged with animal cruelty by the police, and he pleaded guilty to putting an animal through unnecessary pain. Hill will be in prison for the next two years. After he gets out of jail, he will have to do three years of probation and can’t have a pet for 25 years.

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Image credit: Windsor/Essex County Humane Society

The Windsor Star says that while Hill is on probation, he will not be allowed to own weapons and will have to give a blood sample to the national DNA data bank that Canadian police use to solve crimes.

Ontario District Court Judge, Michelin Rollins Hill also ordered psychiatric counseling, saying, “People who go on to kill a lot of people start with small animals.”

Hill has a long list of crimes on his record, including burglary and assault on a family member. I just moved to the area around Windsor.

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Windsor/Essex County Humane Society author wrote, “We at the Humane Society are glad that the Crown and the Judge took Justice’s case seriously and gave a harsher sentence than is usually given in animal cruelty cases. We also want to thank the Windsor Police Service for how hard they worked during the investigation.”

Patterdale Terrier is getting treatment for infections and pre-existing heartworm infection that he already had. Aid workers are hopeful that he will get better, but he still has a long way to go before he is ready to be adopted.


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