Benjamin Fullwood, 24, was sentenced on Friday by Superior Court Judge John R. Turner in an Effingham County, Ga. courtroom to five years in prison for animal cruelty and making false statements reported savannahnow.com.
Fullwood will also be placed on probation for an additional five years and is barred from owning or living with any animals.
On April 3, 2013, Fullwood unleashed his two pit bull dogs, and ordered the dogs to attack a neighbor's docile pet pot bellied pig who had escaped from his yard and had wandered over to the mobile trailer park where Fullwood lived. As neighbors were trying to get in touch with the pig's owner, Fullwood launched a further attack on the pig named Oliver by stabbing the gentle animal 23 times.
A neighbor video recorded the entire gruesome scene as stunned and horrified children watched.
Oliver was rushed to the emergency veterinarian with stab wounds to his neck and hind quarters. The pig has since made a full recovery.
At first, Fullwood told authorities the pig attacked him, and he was afraid the local children could be hurt. Fullwood, according to his initial statement, denied stabbing the pig; he stated instead he had punched Oliver. The video, which was turned in to authorities on a later date, showed a different story; Oliver was extremely friendly who showed absolutely no aggression.
Fullwood pleaded guilty in March.
Clyde McFearin, 53, who also ordered his dog to attack the defenseless pig, will proceed to trial later in the year.
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