A man was has been charged more than three weeks after police say he abused a dog at a Village Pantry last month.
At approximately 12:39 p.m. April 3, officers from the Noblesville Police Dept. responded to Village Pantry at 710 Westfield Rd., Noblesville, in reference to a report of animal cruelty.
Police said officers arrived on the scene and spoke with a witness who stated that he observed the man beating and kicking a dog while in the parking lot of Village Pantry.
Police said the witness indicated that the subject drove off prior to police arriving. A short time later, officers were notified that the subject and the dog were possibly at the All-Star Veterinary Clinic in Westfield. After speaking with additional witnesses who allegedly observed the incident, interviewing staff at the veterinary clinic and inspecting the injuries to the dog, a criminal investigation for animal cruelty was initiated.
The case was ultimately referred to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration for charges. A subsequent warrant was issued for the subject of the investigation.
On April 29, the suspect, Theodore Harris, Jr., 62, Noblesville, was arrested without incident on the warrant. He was booked at the Hamilton County Jail on two charges of cruelty to an animal, a Level 6 felony and a Class A misdemeanor.
The dog remains at the All-Star Veterinary Clinic, where it has undergone numerous surgeries and is in critical condition. According to police, animal care costs are in excess of $9,000. As of press time, Harris remained in the Hamilton County jail.