Bond has been set for a Forsyth man who allegedly almost decapitated his mixed-breed dog. As of Saturday afternoon, he was still in jail.
Monterion Dionte Davis, 19, made his first appearance Friday morning and has a $15,000 bond. He cannot be see with animals, according to Judge Davis, with Monroe County Magistrate Court.
Law enforcement officials called this the worst animal abuse case they have ever seen in Forsyth.
A spokesperson with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Davis was arrested Thursday after a member of the animal advocacy group Save-A-Pet found out about his severely injured dog.
Shane Smith was that member. He said he was at the pound when he saw the dog. The pup walked up to him and he saw her throat was severed. Smith rushed the dog to Dr. Butler Caldwell at the Caldwell Veterinary Hospital who is amazed she is alive.
"Most of the musculature up here was severed, the trachea was severed," said Dr. Caldwell. "Fortunately, the major arteries were not severed or the esophagus."
Dr. Caldwell performed the emergency surgery and is overseeing the dog's recovery.
Smith has named the dog Hope.
"She'll just go up to anyone. She's just a good dog," said Smith.
Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick said that this was the worst case of animal abuse he'd seen in his 29 years as sheriff.
"Cruelty to animals is a crime I do not take lightly and all such cases will be investigated and perpetrators will be charged," he said.
Bittick said good detective work led them to Davis. He said Davis admitted to using an electrical cord to tie the dog in the woods. The sheriff's office said Davis told investigators he left the dog to die.
Davis is being held in the Monroe County Jail. The sheriff's department will continue to investigate the case.
It is unclear at this time how long Hope was tied up, who brought her to the pound, or why Smith was the first person to get her help.
Smith said Hope is not up for adoption, because and his wife have adopted her and will make sure she never suffers again.
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