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Inmate charged with animal cruelty after allegedly leaving dogs in car while jailed

By Tandem Media Network • Dec 13, 2018 at 4:00 PM

PERKINS TWP. — An Erie County jail inmate received new charges after he allegedly waited seven hours to tell corrections officers he left his two dogs inside his pickup truck.

Victer Crenshaw, 31, of Cincinnati, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and one count of carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession, according to jail records. Crenshaw was booked into the jail on a warrant for failing to appear at court.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth said Crenshaw turned himself into the jail at about 10:45 a.m. Monday. Crenshaw was not able to post bond after being booked into the jail.

At about 5:45 p.m., Crenshaw told corrections officers his two dogs were inside his parked car, Sigsworth said.

Sigsworth said they checked inside the car and found a Chihuahua and a Yorkshire terrier active and barking inside the truck’s compartment. They weren’t in cages and both appeared healthy.

The sheriff’s office also found a small amount of marijuana and a six-inch fixed-blade knife in the car, Sigsworth said.

The air temperature when authorities found the dogs was about 26 degrees, Sigsworth said. The dogs did not appear to have food or water. 

“You don’t leave your pets in a vehicle like that under circumstances like what we had yesterday. All he had to do when being booked into jail was to let our corrections officer know (about the dogs),” Sigsworth said. “If you’re not able to post bond, that’s fine, the dog warden would have come to take care of them. But to wait seven hours to tell someone, that’s inexcusable.”

The Erie County Dog Warden arrived and took the dogs to the dog pound.

Crenshaw remains in the jail, unable to post a $13,000 bond.


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