RICHLAND TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The owner of a dog that was found with a rope embedded in its neck pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges this week.

John Wolford’s German Shepherd was found on a woman’s deck in Richland Township back in April. The dog had a bloody jump rope, tied in a knot, embedded in its neck. At the time, a veterinarian said the rope may have been wrapped around the dog’s neck for months.

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The rope was embedded so deeply it required a six-hour surgery to remove it. The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society says the cost of the surgery and other veterinary services were close to $3,000.

Wolford was fined just $300 and is not required to pay back the cost of the services.

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Meanwhile, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society says they are supporting the “Angel’s Law” bill proposed by Pa. State Rep. Dom Costa, which would increase animal cruelty charges from a citation to a criminal offense.