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Memphis man who drowned puppy in dishwasher indicted by grand jury

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Marcus Curry was captured at a motel on Lamar Ave. in Memphis eluding authorities after he was indicted by a grand jury and charged with aggravated animal cruelty for the death of a puppy he allegedly put in a dishwasher and killed according to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office reported the CommercialAppeal.com.

In June, witnesses stated they first saw the German shepherd mixed breed puppy tied on the porch with no food or water. Another witness claimed Curry opened the dishwasher and saw the lifeless body of the dog, with Curry stating he had left the pup "in there too long."

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Curry denied tossing the puppy into the dishwasher, however did admit to throwing the dead animal's body in a dumpster.

An online petition garnered more than 24,000 signatures asking that Curry be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

"Tennessee's animal cruelty statute 39-14-212 states a person commits aggravated cruelty, a Class E felony, to animals when, with aggravated cruelty and with no justifiable purpose, he/she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal.

A Class E felony is punishable with a fine up to $3,000 and/or imprisonment up to 6 years."

Bail has been set at $50,000. Curry is scheduled to appear in court on March 26.

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