LE ROY — A Le Roy man faces felony charges after a month-long investigation revealed he sprayed chemicals in the eyes and faces of two dogs, state police said.
Robert J. Williams, 36, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, and two counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief.
State Police Information Officer Trooper James O’Callaghan said that dogs are considered property, leading to the criminal mischief charges.
Williams also was charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of a weapon after a gun was found at his residence in Le Roy during the investigation and arrest. Williams has a felony conviction, barring him from owning guns.
O’Callaghan, citing investigators’ reports, said Williams in January was living at a house on Lewiston Road. He was friends with the owner’s boyfriend and the couple had offered him a place to stay.
The woman filed a complaint on Jan. 15, telling investigators that her dogs had been sprayed with a chemical and that they were in a crate and did not have access to the chemicals.
The dogs were taken to a veterinarian and treated and will recover, O’Callaghan said.
The investigation revealed Williams, for no known reason, sprayed the dogs with a bleach mixture, he said.
He said Williams denied the accusations.
He was issued appearance tickets for a later date in both Batavia and Le Roy town courts.