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.