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Animal Cruelty in Bath

A family in bath is mourning the loss of their family dog after they were forced to put it down after they found it with its leg ripped off.

Animal Cruelty in Bath
 

August 22, 2012

Bath (WENY) - A family in bath is mourning the loss of their family dog after they were forced to put it down after they found it with its leg ripped off. The Jackson family says they had to put their dog Princess down, after their neighbor ran it over with a lawn mower while trying to scare it away. Obviously the Jackson family is really upset about their pet. They will never forget the moment they found their dog.

      “I found princess just sitting over there I was just going to hand her a milk-bone when I saw red stuff coming out of her leg,” says older brother David.

      What David found Sunday was their family dog princess, with her leg cut off. The dog had got into the neighbor's yard, where 61-year-old William Storms hit Princess with his lawn mower. Storms admitted to Police to hitting the Princess, because he was angry it was in his mother's yard, and he wanted to scare it. The dog's owner, Eric Jackson heard the news from his son.

      “My son comes running up to me screaming that the dogs leg was missing and as soon as I seen her I knew it was bad there was a lot of blood.”

      Princess' leg was severed from the bottom of the knee. They rushed princess to the the Hornell Humane society, but they were unable to save her life. Sargent David Forsythe from Bath Village Police says they were able to find a bone fragment later on, but the rest of the leg was never recovered.

      “I think he legitimately didn't try to harm the dog it was just a bad choice on his part to try and scare it with the lawn mower I do not believe he tried to intentionally try to harm the dog.”

      “I just hope the guy realizes what he did was wrong and admits it its cruel I don't know how anyone could do that,” says Eric.

      William storms will be charged with a misdemeanor for cruelty toward an animal. Storms faces $1,000 fine or up to a year in jail.