Man charged with hanging dog

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A homeless 20-year-old man reported missing from California was arrested on charges that he choked and hung a dog from a tree near Calvary Cemetery.

Jacob T. Sanders was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and resisting arrest. He is expected to be arraigned Friday in Youngstown Municipal Court.

Reports say witnesses told police Sanders walking his dog by the cemetery on Belle Vista Avenue and saw him choking the dog.

Two other witnesses told police they saw Sanders hanging the black and white mixed-breed dog from a tree.

Sanders, according to reports, swore and yelled at officers and said “he could discipline his dog as he sees fit,” according to reports.

He then refused to allow police to handcuff him and pulled away. Two police officers had to force him into the cruiser.

Reports say the dog fled the area when police arrived and started walking back towards them. Sanders called to the dog and it fled south on Belle Vista Avenue into Calvary Cemetery.

Police were unable to catch the dog. Deputy Dog Warden Dave Nelson said they are still trying to find the dog.

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