Man accused of hitting, blinding dog in Oswego County, state police say

FULTON, NY —  State Police in Fulton arrested Taylor J. House, age 26 from Williamstown, NY for NYS Agriculture and Markets Law §353-A  Aggravated Cruelty*, a class “E” felony and § 353 – Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, a class “A” misdemeanor.

An owner of a dog contacted State Police after she witnessed House striking her 8-year-old Boxer multiple times with a closed fist and broom handle in the head and throughout the body. The dog was transported by the owner to a veterinary hospital for treatment.  The veterinarian ultimately determined that the dog would likely be permanently blinded as a result of the injuries caused by House, troopers said.

House was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the town of Granby Court at a later date.

*New York makes it a felony to kill or seriously injure a pet (or “companion animal”) on purpose and in a particularly sadistic manner, or with the intention of causing extreme pain. (N.Y. Agric. & Mkts. Law § 353-a)