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Man charged in dog's death indicted by grand jury

February 16, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man who police allege tied his dog to railroad tracks last fall was indicted Tuesday by a Berkeley County grand jury on a felony count of animal cruelty.

Richard William Faircloth, 29, of 115 Swartz St., Martinsburg, could face a jury trial in Circuit Court.

Faircloth was charged with tying his dog, Kujo, to the tracks behind the Adam Stephen House in Martinsburg in October 2004. The dog died after its lower jaw was cut off by a passing train, police have said.

Faircloth previously told police that he killed the dog because it growled at his children, according to police.

Conviction on an animal cruelty charge carries a sentence of one to three years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $5,000.

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