Fayetteville Man Booked On Suspicion of Animal Cruelty
A 54-year-old Fayetteville man was released from jail early Friday (March 1) after being booked on misdemeanor suspicion of animal cruelty, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.
William McClure of 2028 N. Ball Ave. was arrested Wednesday after Fayetteville Animal Control officers say they found a dog in his backyard with “severe hair loss and open wounds on its face and body,” according to a news release from city officials.
He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center.
The arrest resulted in an investigation on Feb. 5 after neighbors concerned about the condition of the dog phoned authorities, the release states.
Investigators reported the dog had “severe mange and had not been taken for veterinary treatment and that the condition of the dog had deteriorated over the last few months,” the release states.
The dog is undergoing care at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter and is expected to recover after a minimum of six weeks of medical care, the release states.
The dog, named Ace by shelter staff members, will be up for adoption after it recovers.
McClure is set to appear in Fayetteville District Court on April 5, the sheriff’s office website states.