Last month the Presque Isle Police Department began receiving complaints about a possible animal abuse case.

Presque Isle Police Dept.
Presque Isle Police Dept.

According to a post on the Presque Isle Police Department Facebook page, the complaint involved a young puppy being tethered to a large chain and brick and forced to drag it around during walks in the neighborhood. Animal Control Officer Dan Corey immediately began his investigation into the complaint. Besides using the chain and brick, Corey developed probable cause to believe that 40-year old Joseph Davis, of Presque Isle, cropped the 4 month old puppy's ears without a veterinary license, using scissors and no anesthetic or sedation for the painful procedure.

Mr. Davis is charged with a felony count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and a misdemeanor charge for practicing unlicensed veterinary services.

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