GAINESVILLE — Early Tuesday afternoon, investigators say, Wade R. Remington took his ex-girlfriend’s sister’s dog into the woods near his home on School Road and slit its throat with a utility knife.

The dog, a black and white pit bull, died.

Remington, around the same time, shoved a spike tool into two tires on his ex’s truck and placed a threatening note in the truck.

About two hours later, according to court documents, Remington called Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department and reported that an unknown person came to his property, killed the dog, punctured the tires and left a note.

It didn’t take long for sheriff’s investigators to figure out that Remington, a two-time convicted felon, was lying.

Remington on Thursday was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals, felony criminal mischief, felony tampering with physical evidence and misdemeanor falsely reporting an incident.

Remington was arraigned in Wyoming County Court by Judge Michael Mohun.

District Attorney Donald O’Geen said Remington was released, despite attempts to have the judge set bail.

“During that arraignment we could not find an avenue to give the judge discretion to set bail because of the bail reform laws,” he said in an email. “Therefore as I stated in court yesterday, even though Mr. Remington is a two-time convicted felon who has allegedly committed what would only be described to normal people as a violent act, these alleged crimes do not allow neither the People to ask for nor the judge discretion to set any bail”.

Remington was released on his own recognizance and is to appear at a later date in Town Court.

Orders of protections were issued for three people.

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