CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The 19 year old accused of abusing his 6-month-old puppy appeared in court Wednesday on multiple charges, including animal abuse and menacing.
Collin Macaulay was arrested Monday after neighbors reported that they saw him abusing the pit bull mix. He appeared for a video arraignment in Trumbull County Central District Court Wednesday, where a not guilty plea was entered.
Cortland Police Detective David Morris said it was one of the worst cases of animal abuse that he has ever seen.
“They felt it sounded like he was slamming the dog, beating on the dog. The dog was screaming, yelping,” Morris said.
Faith lives in the neighborhood. She says Macaulay has been abusing the dog for months, but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him.
“When your dog wakes you up in the middle of the night because she’s hearing it, you know that it’s bad,” she said.
When police got to the dog on Monday, it wasn’t in great shape. Morris said it had visible bruising and swelling, and the dog would wince when it was touched.
Video was also turned into police that showed some of the incident.
The dog was taken out of Macaulay’s custody and to the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County. That wasn’t the end, though.
“We got called back because he was pounding on the door of the people that called and was basically threatening them,” Morris said.
Wednesday, bond was set at $155,000, and Macaulay will remain in Trumbull County Jail unless he can pay post it. He was ordered to have no contact with his neighbors.