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Man arrested for drowning girlfriend's dog in river

Matthew Wisell
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According to Saturday's publication of the New York Daily News, a man from Glens Falls, N.Y., has been arrested for allegedly drowning his girlfriend's dog.

Late Friday, police arrested 27-year-old Matthew Wisell, after a the body of his girlfriend's dog, "Murphy," was discovered in the Hudson River.

Wisell is accused of telling his girlfriend that he would find a new home for the dog, but instead, he bound the dog's legs and snout with electrical tape and drowned him in the river.

According to the Post Star, Wisell admitted that he held Murphy underwater until he died.

Tips from the public led police to Wisell, who is now facing a charge of aggravated animal cruelty; if convicted, he could face up to two years in state prison.

Wisell is no stranger to the wrong side of the law - he has a prior felony conviction as well as multiple arrests in more than one state.

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