Presque Isle man charged with animal cruelty

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - A Presque Isle man has been charged as part of an investigation into animal cruelty.

Earlier this month the PD began receiving complaints about a possible animal abuse case. The complaint involved a young puppy being tethered to a rather large chain and brick and forced to drag it around during walks in the neighborhood. Animal Control Officer Dan Corey immediately began his investigation into the complaint. Beyond using the chain and brick, ACO Corey developed probable cause to believe that Joseph Davis, of Presque Isle, cropped the 4 month old puppy's ears without a veterinary license, using scissors and no anesthetic or sedation for the painful procedure.

Mr. Davis was charged with a felony count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals and a misdemeanor charge for practicing unlicensed veterinary services.