Scott Anthony Winter, 46, was arrested on Wednesday and is accused of skinning his pit bull and uploading the horrific video to social media. The Canton, Ohio resident faces a felony charge of prohibitions concerning companion animals.
According to WkbnNews, Warren Police Department Detective Michael Altiere stated the incident happened months ago, although the video of the horrific act was only recently released on social media. The son, who owned the dog, wanted everyone to know what his dad and his girlfriend had allegedly done to his pet. It is believed the dog was dead when Winter, shown in the video, stood over the dog hanging from a rope with a bucket underneath it to catch the blood and skinned it.
That home located on the 300 block of Crestmont Avenue recently burned down. The details of the fire have not been made available.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Winter remains in jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond pending a court appearance on Friday morning in Canton Municipal Court. In 2016, Winter was convicted of four counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty, but never completed his mandatory community service. In 2017, he was convicted of five counts for failing to register dogs and failing to have them vaccinated against rabies. With that conviction, he never paid his fine. Winter also has convictions of aggravated assault, breaking and entering. He was sentenced to probation and community service.
Winter’s girlfriend, Vicky Young, 32, was also arrested on Wednesday after police questioned her about animals that had previously been at the home. After searching the property, authorities discovered a skull and bones in a fire pit in the yard. She later admitted it was the skull of her missing dog that had been struck and killed by a vehicle. Winter burned the dog to dispose of its body.
Young has been charged with falsification and appeared in Warren Municipal Court where bond was set at $3,500. She is prohibited from having any animals while the case is pending.
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