Kevin Timothy of Chemainus received a suspended sentence at the Duncan courthouse on July 14 and will be placed on 18 months probation after pleading guilty to the animal cruelty charge against him.
Timothy is also prohibited from owning or being in control of any animal for the rest of his life, and is not permitted to be alone with an animal unless he is the company of a responsible adult.
Timothy was the owner of a one-year-old female German shepherd called Hope until May, 2019, when the BC SPCA took custody of the animal after she was discovered in critical condition tied to a tree.
The dog was found suffering from emaciation, dehydration, extreme muscle wasting and a deep, severe neck wound.
Following multiple surgeries and months of treatment and care, Hope was adopted by one of her caregivers at the veterinary hospital where she was treated after her rescue.
She is reported to be happy and healthy in her new home.
Timothy made his first court appearance in Duncan on Dec. 17, 2019, where it was decided he would consult with legal counsel and consider a plea.
He was to enter his plea in March, 2020, but most court proceedings were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He finally pleaded guilty to the animal cruelty charge in June.
Timothy faced the maximum penalty of up to two years in jail, a $75,000 fine and up to a lifetime ban on owning animals if convicted.