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Case ID: 19747
Classification: Mutilation/Torture, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Sunday, Jul 8, 2012

County: Leavenworth

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

» Joshua Elliott
» Gerald Halstead

The two men who were arrested over the weekend in Leavenworth after a wounded dog was found in a garbage bag have been formally charged, a prosecutor said.

Joshua Elliott, 24, and Gerald Halstead, 23, each face a felony count of cruelty to animals, according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.

Thompson said the men appeared Monday in Leavenworth County District Court and may be back in court Wednesday.

The two men were arrested Sunday in the 1500 block of Choctaw Street.

Police were called to the area after someone was seen carrying a garbage bag into the woods, which witnesses thought was suspicious, according to Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens.

At the scene, police found the garbage bag. Inside was a small beagle. Kitchens said the animal was severely wounded and bleeding.

Because of its injuries, the dog was put down.

One of the suspects reportedly told police the dog had been shot accidentally at a residence in the area after there had been heavy drinking. Kitchens said the dog appeared to have suffered other injuries.

"It was very clear the dog had suffered a number of serious mortal wounds," Kitchens said.

He said there was at least one witness who reported previously seeing the dog being abused.

Leavenworth Animal Control removed three other dogs from the residence.

Police Lt. Kevin Crim said he is not aware of any injuries to these dogs.


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