Man charged under Goddard’s Law, accused of beating puppy

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Collin Macaulay (Photo Credit: Trumbull County Jail)

Collin Macaulay (Photo Credit: Trumbull County Jail)

CORTLAND, Ohio — A 19-year-old Cortland man has been charged under Goddard’s Law after being accused of beating a puppy.

According to a press release from Cortland Police Department, Collin J. Macaulay was arrested on Nov. 14 after neighbors said they heard him beating his dog.

When police arrived, they found his 6-month-old female pit bull mix puppy with signs of abuse, including redness and facial abrasions as well as swelling about the face and head.

The dog was taken into the care of the Trumbull County Dog Warden and the Animal Cruelty Task Force.

At the scene, Macaulay became enraged and uncooperative. Officers chose to leave and contact witnesses to further their investigation.

A short time later, they were called back to the apartment complex by the witnesses who said Macaulay beat on their doors demanding to talk to them and then said he would “get even with you for calling police.”

Police arrested him, and Macaulay was charged with menacing, intimidation and prohibitions concerning companion animals.

He was set to appear in court Wednesday.

After the puppy was examined, a veterinarian determined it suffered from blunt force trauma, including dried blood in the ear canal, two fractured teeth, a swollen abrasion to its muzzle and possible sinus and optical socket fractures.

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