By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon man faces a felony for hurting his dog.
Eric Michael Shows, 40, was charged May 20 in Canadian County District Court with cruelty to animals. The crime is punishable by up to five years in state prison or one year in the county jail, and a maximum $5,000 fine.
The defendant violated state law “by willfully and cruelly injuring (his) dog by slamming the dog against a pole and brick wall,” according to court documents.
Prosecutors charged Shows after a May 10th incident in the 900 block of W Main. A Yukon police officer was dispatched about 11 p.m. on a disturbance call.
“The RP (reporting party) stated a male subject wearing a dark colored hoodie was beating his dog against a brick wall and metal pole …,” according to a Yukon police incident report.
The dog was described as a large pit bull breed, black in color.
DOG PLACED IN ANIMAL SHELTER
When Sgt. Cooper Finch arrived, he located the man walking his dog eastbound on Main Street.
Shows was arrested for cruelty to an animal and Yukon Animal Control placed the dog in the city’s animal shelter.
Shows was booked at 12:34 p.m. May 11 into the Canadian County Jail in El Reno.
A preliminary hearing conference for Shows is set 9 a.m. June 25 before Special Judge Charles Gass.