ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — A Howard County man was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail for intentionally killing a dog in Ellicott City in 2019.

Corey Markus Jones, 27, pleaded guilty to one count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty.

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Howard County Police responded to a report of a trail of blood scene in the 8900 block of Town and Country Blvd. on December 30, 2019.

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Responding officers followed the trail and located a pit bull tied to a tree with its throat cut.

Police located the apartment where the dog — who was being cared for by a friend of the owner — was staying. Witnesses identified Jones as the person responsible for the killing. He was found hiding in a bathtub behind a shower curtain in the apartment.

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In addition to the one year sentence, Jones was placed on three years of supervised probation.