PUBLISHED: 10:23 EST, 1 June 2012 | UPDATED: 12:14 EST, 1 June 2012
A man who put a puppy into a hot oven because it reminded him of his ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to 90 days in prison.
Gary Moore Jr., 25, of Cobb County, Georgia, admitted to putting Melody, a 20-month-old pit bull mix, into a burning oven last May.
The dog, who suffered severe burns all over her body, was lucky to survive after being taken to the vet by Moore’s roommate four days after the incident.
Victim: Gary Moore Jr. admitted to putting 20-month-old Melody, a pit bull mix, into an oven last May
Road to recovery: Melody was taken to Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Marietta after sustaining severe burns from her head to her paws – she has now made a full recovery, although still bears the physical scars
Moore was charged with felony animal cruelty in May 2011.
In his sentencing hearing at Cobb County Superior Court yesterday, Moore said that the incident resulted from a rocky relationship with his boyfriend as well as his mental issues.
‘It was just a very stressful time, and it just will never happen again, and I just appreciate everyone’s time,’ Moore told the court.
Moore’s defence attorney, Jonathan Majeske, said a psychological examination showed that his client suffered from ‘fairly significant depression.’
Jailed: Gary Moore Jr., was sentenced to 90 days in prison for putting his dog in a hot oven last May
Judge Reuben Green accepted a plea deal with prosecutors.
Moore will serve 90 days in jail and the remainder of his five-year sentence on probation. One of the probation conditions means that Moore is not allowed to live with any animals.
Last June detective Steve Nolan testified in court that Moore confessed to putting Melody in the oven, saying the dog had reminded him of an estranged boyfriend.
‘Their relationship was not going forward and at that point he grabbed the dog, placed it in the oven, closed the door and held the oven door shut for a period of a few seconds,’ Nolan testified, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Moore told Nolan that he released the dog from the oven when she started howling but did not seek medical treatment for her.
Saved: Now happily recovered, Melody lives with a new family who adopted her from the clinic where she was nursed back to health
The injured dog was taken to Cobb Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Marietta by Moore’s roommate four days later.
Vets fought to save Melody, giving her a constant drip of pain killers and antibiotics, and she was able to recover.
Melody, who still bears physical scars, was later adopted from the clinic by a new family.