In addition to a the prison sentence, Hill was given three years probation and a 25-year ban from owning or living with animals.
While Ontario's animal cruelty laws are touted as the strongest in Canada, it's still an unusually stern sentence.
In a similar case from 2012, John Mackenzie of Belle River, Ontario, was convicted of animal cruelty after taping a dog's muzzle shut and tying him to a tree - with fatal results. His sentence? Despite Mackenzie's "wanton and callous" act, a judge sentenced him to just four months in jail.
Even that sentence is certainly a welcome progression from past cases across Canada.
In 1989, for example, an Alberta man who beat his dog to death with a hockey stick was fined $1,000, despite a judge stating his "actions went far, far beyond what could be considered reasonable discipline for an animal."
In 1996, a man angry about his cat knocking over a garbage pail broke the animal's leg. He was acquitted of animal cruelty as a Newfoundland court deemed the act accidental.
Michael Hill's case, on the other hand, may have been influenced by a surging social media campaign that arose after the story was originally published.
An online petition demanding justice for Hill's victim drew more than 60,000 signatures. Some of that virtual rage spilled over into real life on Monday, with dozens of animal welfare advocates showing up in court and pelting Hill with insults.
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