CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A Cumberland man faces up to six months in jail after being convicted of animal cruelty for releasing a dog with duct tape wrapped around its jaws.


Twenty-four-year-old Ricky Adams was convicted in a bench trial Wednesday. No sentencing date was set.


The judge convicted Adams on two misdemeanor counts but acquitted him of felony animal mutilation.


His defense attorney says Adams improvised a loose-fitting muzzle last March to prevent the terrier from biting. He says Adams then asked a friend to release the dog outside the city, but it escaped from the car.


The dog was found alive eight days later. The attorney says there was evidence it had eaten and drank water in the interim.


Prosecutors dropped charges in September against co-defendant Frederick Lease for lack of evidence.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. cathy says:

    OMG! SHERRIFF you did not say that.Maybe someday someone will putt duct tape around your mouth and legs to shut you up.You dont know what the hell you say half the time,Aniimals do not reduce the value.people do

  2. Steve Wilson says:

    People like this have SICK minds and should be included in a capital offense law if only to remove them from the gene pool.

  3. chris says:

    Hey “Sheriff Willie Joe” you listen up I’m not a little man I’m an adult you are who you are ? what a no life ? no job ? no future ? no goals ? just a wannabe Sheriff ? do something with your life i have a life unlike a lonely mental patient who has nobody in there life

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