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Man charged with animal cruelty waives his preliminary hearing

July 07, 2004

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Finksburg, Md., man charged with cruelty to animals in connection with a dog found injured in a trash bin last winter waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court, according to Assistant District Attorney T.R. Williams.

Dallas Davis, 36, who is in Franklin County Prison, had his bail lowered from $20,000 to $5,000 and was made eligible for pre-trial release, Williams said.

Davis, formerly of 807 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa., is charged by Waynesboro police with cruelty to animals and terroristic threats. According to allegations in the affidavit of probable cause, Davis broke the front legs of the dog in January and threatened to kill Sharon K. Black, his girlfriend at the time, if she did not dispose of the animal.

The dog, a young female mongrel, was found in the trash bin on the grounds of the Landis Gardner factory on Jan. 11. The dog, which had splints made of a broken ruler and duct tape on its legs, died two days later.

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Black, 43, of 807 W. Main St., also was charged with cruelty to animals, according to court records. She waived her preliminary hearing last month and is scheduled for mandatory arraignment on Wednesday, Aug. 4, according to court records.

Davis had been at large until Monday, June 28, when he showed up at the Franklin County Courthouse for a scheduled court appearance on a cocaine delivery charge, Williams said. When authorities there learned he was wanted on the cruelty charge, Davis was taken into custody.

Williams said Davis will be arraigned on the cruelty charge on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

A conviction on a charge of cruelty to animals carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to state law.

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