By E.B. FURGURSON III, For The Capital
Acting on tips from residents, two men were arrested last night and charged with animal cruelty in the case of a dog whose throat was viciously slashed last week.
County police arrested George Martin Treas, 22, of Pasadena and Robert Lee Grim, 25, of Baltimore. Both men are charged with aggravated animal cruelty, which can carry a three-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine, said Sgt. Shawn Urbas, a county police spokesman.
Sgt. Urbas said last night that Mr. Grim was also charged with possession of drugs after police allegedly found him with seven vials of heroin.
Sgt. Urbas said the case broke after a Baltimore woman, Sabrina Grimes, of the 4100 block of Morrison Court, came forward and said the dog - named Casper - was hers.
Sgt. Urbas said the woman got Casper after seeing a newspaper advertisement for a free dog to a good home.
Residents of 7th Avenue in Brooklyn told police the dog appeared in their neighborhood, several blocks from Ms. Grimes' home around New Year's Day.
Sgt. Urbas said some residents welcomed the dog in their home during the day, and one person took the dog's collar off to contact the county's Animal Control office.
Police said at night the dog was sleeping on the porch at 3426 7th Street, where Mr. Grim lived and Mr. Treas was staying.
A witness told police they saw the two men pull the dog by a belt around its neck and put it in a white van on Jan 2.
The next day, police were called to a Millersville school where a school official had found a bloody belt. There they found a trail of blood leading from the school parking lot. Not knowing what to expect, they called other officers and a state police helicopter to search the area.
Nearby they found Casper, a cream-colored Labrador mix, bleeding from a slashed throat.
Animal Control officials said it looked like the dog had been held up by a belt around its throat before its throat was cut.
On Thursday, Ms. Grimes came forward claiming the dog.
Casper has since been moved from Bay Country Veterinary Hospital to the county Animal Control shelter, where he was reported to be doing well.