Arcadia man gets year in jail for beating, shooting dog
LYONS — An Arcadia man who beat and shot his dog after it spilled garbage onto the floor of his home was sentenced to time behind bars Tuesday.
Evan Welcher, 27, of 5799 Jungle Road, was sentenced to a year in the Wayne County Jail by Judge Dennis Kehoe after pleading guilty to aggravated cruelty to animals. The charge is a class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
County District Attorney Rick Healy said in addition to the jail time, Welcher was ordered to pay restitution and is barred from having pets for the next 15 years.
Welcher was sentenced over an incident in May, when he returned home and discovered his dog had gotten into the garbage and got it on the carpeting. A witness told state police Welcher beat the dog, which jumped on his bed and urinated when he continued to beat it.
Welcher then tied up the dog and shot it several times with a rifle, once in the eye. Welcher later told police the dog was getting old — about 10 years old — and was often sick and making a mess in the house; he also told authorities he killed the dog because he didn’t have money to have a veterinarian put it down.
Welcher was originally charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after making that statement, but Healy — after seeing a veterinarian’s autopsy report and witness statements — took the case to a grand jury and it was upgraded to a felony charge. The vet said the dog was only 3 years old, not 10, and suffered a broken jaw in the beating.
“This was a very serious case of animal cruelty,” Healy said. “It was pretty brutal what he did to this animal.”
Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:00 am
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