Monroe man gets 2 years for nearly decapitating dog

A 20-year-old Monroe County man was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday for severely wounding a dog last summer by tying a clothesline around its neck and leaving it leashed to a tree.

Monterion Dionte Davis pleaded guilty in Monroe Superior Court to a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. He must also serve three years on probation.

The dog, a mixed breed that was later named Hope by animal-rescue activists, was nearly decapitated by the wire around its neck because it was left tied up, possibly for weeks, Monroe District Attorney Richard Milam said. The dog died a few weeks after it was found. Milam said Davis “admitted he had left it there to die, basically.”