Man to serve 2 years for poisoning dog with antifreeze

A 36-year-old DeKalb County man who poisoned his neighbor's dog with antifreeze will spend two years in prison for the crime.

Kenyata Mondrell Bryant was convicted Wednesday of two counts of aggravated cruelty of animals in the death of a 9-year-old Lab-Dalmatian mix named “Bo," the DeKalb County district attorney's office said.

Bryant was accused of enticing the dog with a bowl filled with chicken bones and cornbread that was laced with antifreeze, according to Erik Burton, spokesman for District Attorney Robert James.

Bo ingested the food June 1, 2009, and was treated for antifreeze poisoning at Inman Animal Hospital, but did not survive, Burton said.

"We will not tolerate cruelty to animals in DeKalb County," District Attorney Robert James said in a statement. "The horrific manner in which this animal was poisoned was beyond cruel."

Bryant was sentenced to five years, two of which he will spend in custody. He was also ordered to pay the veterinarian bills and is forbidden from further contact with Bo's family, Burton said.

Bryant's criminal record includes two previous visits to state prison, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections. Twice he has been convicted of aggravated assault and was mostly recently released in April 1999.