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BATAVIA — A Le Roy man accused of spraying bleach in the eyes of two dogs has been indicted on felony charges.

Robert J. Williams, 36, is charged with two counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals and two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Williams was arrested in February after a month-long investigation revealed that he purposefully sprayed bleach into the eyes and faces of two dogs.

Williams was living in a house on Lewiston Road in Batavia at the time.

Police said that Williams was friends with the homeowners, who offered him a place to stay.

A woman filed a complaint on Jan. 15, telling police that her dogs had been sprayed with a chemical. The dogs were treated and recovered.

Investigators said Williams did not offer an explanation.

The criminal mischief charges came because dogs are considered property under state penal law.

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