A Tecumseh man has been charged with animal abuse after admitting to torturing his small dog for two days. According to an arrest affidavit, an Ozark County deputy arrived at the home of Brandon Patterson, 33, located on Highway PP after a complaint the man had been abusing his dog.
The Ozark County Times reports the deputy found Patterson on his back porch; both Patterson and the porch were wet. It had not been raining. The officer saw a small dog inside of a crate which had been sitting on the bottom of a metal garbage can. The dog was wet and lying on its side in apparent distress, trying to breathe while gasping and crying out in distress. At that time, Patterson admitted to the officer he had been “mean” to his dog for the last two days, and he was sorry.
In a disturbing description of what had occurred with the defenseless little pooch, Patterson said he put the dog in the trashcan and filled it with water. He forced the dog to swim until it became so exhausted it couldn’t swim anymore. Then he would dump the water and let the dog out, however he repeated the process several times. As if that wasn’t cruel enough, there was still more torture. While the dog was trying to swim for its life, Patterson pushed it under with his hand – all the while the little dog trying to survive until the dog bit him in the hand. One time he put the lid on top of the trashcan; keeping the dog swimming in complete darkness with only a small space of air between the top of the water and the lid of the can.
In a subsequent interview, Patterson stated he didn’t know why he or what he did to his dog. The deputy took the dog to a local veterinarian where it was treated for pneumonia and has since been released to a family member.
Patterson remains in the Ozark County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash only bond. He has been charged with animal abuse by torture while the animal was alive, a class E felony. He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, marijuana, and the attempt to manufacture a controlled substance. If convicted, Patterson could face up to four years in prison.
(Photo of Tecumseh man who tortured his dog via Ozark County Jail booking photo)
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