Animal cruelty charges filed against a Syracuse man in October have been dismissed.
Timothy John Hankins II, 29, was arrested and charged with a Class A misdemeanor for cruelty to an animal after a Syracuse police officer say his pit bull was found tied up outside of Hankins home and malnourished.
Syracuse Police Chief Tony Ciriello told StaceyPageOnline.com just after Hankins arrest, that his officers received a complaint that the dog, estimated to be about a year old, was being neglected. Officers reported that the dog was “very malnourished and covered in fleas. He even scratched off hair because of the fleas,” said Ciriello.
On Jan. 20, the prosecution provided photos and additional discovery in Hankins case, but 10 days later, the charges against him were dismissed.
According to court documents, the charges were dismissed after additional evidence was collected in the case. At the same hearing, Superior II Judge James Jarrette ordered the Animal Welfare League to release the dog to Hankins.
In another case of animal cruelty, Laci Harper, 27, of Burket, is set to stand trial this month for allegedly starving to death a German Shepherd puppy. (See related)
The prosecution has issued subpoenas to seven witnesses. Among the witnesses are two veterinarians, one of which, Dr. Richard Brungardt of Lakeland Animal Clinic in Syracuse, performed a necropsy on the dead puppy. (See related)
Harper’s trial is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24, in Kosciusko Superior Court II.