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Glen Falls man charged with animal cruelty for drowning girlfriend's dog

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On Friday night, Matthew Wisell was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty for drowning his girlfriend's dog in the Hudson River on Thursday after tying the dogs legs and snout with black electrical tape reported the PostStar.com.

He was taken to jail in lieu of bail.

According to Glen Falls, N.Y. Detective Lt. Pete Casertino, the dog belonged to Wisell's girlfriend, and the couple did not live together. The dog named Murphy was having minor behavior problems and the owner was trying to find the small terrier a new home.

Allegedly, Wisell said he would find a new home for the dog, but instead purchased black tape and bound the dog before holding Murphy underwater until he drowned.

On Friday, the Glen Falls Police Department released the photo of the dead dog, and a number of people called into authorities with information.

The Facebook page of the Glen Falls Police Department announced the following:

"AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE IN THE CASE REGARDING THE DECEASED DOG FOUND AT HAVILAND'S COVE BEACH AREA. THE DEFENDANT HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED CRUELTY TO ANIMALS - (known as "BUSTERS LAW").
Glens Falls Police would like to thank everyone who shared the press release and passed along the information about the case.
More details to follow."

The girlfriend who owned Murphy has not been charged. Authorities state she really believed her boyfriend found a safe home for her dog.

Rest in peace Murphy.

If found guilty, Wisell faces up to two years in prison.

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