Animal cruelty case filed

A Corry man is facing charges of cruelty to animals following an incident in December.

According to an affidavit of probable cause provided to the Times Observer, Richard L. Marrs, Jr., 642 N. Center St., Corry, is facing two charges of cruelty to animals after severing the paw of his dog with a pocket knife.

According to the affidavit, on Dec. 3 the Warren County Humane Society received a complaint and an e-mail with a photo regarding a dog with an injured paw located at 3037 Baker Hill Rd., Corry.

After determining that the Baker Hill Road property belonged to Marrs and was in Warren County, not Erie County, humane officers served a warrant at the site and discovered a black and tan Rottweiler mix with a missing paw chained to a stake.

According to the affidavit, bone and muscle were exposed at the site of the injury and officers observed swelling of the injured leg. Officers observed no water in the area of the dog.

The animal was removed from the property and transported to a veterinarian.

According to the affidavit, an officer spoke with Marrs on Dec. 5 concerning the animal. According to the affidavit, Marrs said he had cut off his dog’s injured paw with a pocket knife; he also admitted he did not seek veterinary care for the paw before cutting it off.

Two charges of cruelty to animals, one concerning mutilation and another concerning failure to provide care for animals, were filed against Marrs with District Justice Cynthia Lindemuth’s office on Jan. 15.

A preliminary hearing on the matter is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

The dog is being held at the Warren County Humane Society.