Gloucester resident John Dugan, 28, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and drug-related charges in Salem Superior Court on Thursday. Dugan was accused of hacking open his dead pit bull to try and recover cocaine the dog ingested. He was sentenced to two-and-a-half years, according to NECN.
The animal cruelty charges were not related to cutting up his dog, since the animal was already dead, according to The Salem News, which detailed the abuse inflicted by Dugan on both of his dogs.
Dugan will serve 18 months of the sentence, with the remainder suspended, according to both NECN and The Salem News.