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Man told police he locked dog, later found dead, in garage after it 'messed' with his pot plants

Posted at 1:20 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 13:20:52-05

ELYRIA, Ohio — Police charged an Elyria man, who was already in jail on multiple drug-related charges, with animal cruelty after the man’s landlord found a dead dog in his garage. The man said he had locked it in the garage after it “messed” with his marijuana plants.

Anthony Jackson II was being held at the Lorain County Jail on charges related to a drug investigation and the execution of a search warrant on Feb. 7, according to an Elyria police report.

On Feb. 13 at about 12 p.m., the Elyria Narcotics Unit received a phone call from Jackson’s landlord, who said that while he was cleaning the home Jackson leased from him, he found a dead dog in the detached garage, the report states. The landlord said it appeared the dog had been there for a long time.

Detectives responded to the home, and found the dog lying on the floor of the garage near the door. The report notes that the dog appeared malnourished.

Detectives met with Jackson at the jail. He said he had the dog several months ago and had locked it in the garage after the dog “messed” with the marijuana plants he had in his house. He told detectives he thought it had run away after his garage was broken into. He then accurately described the dog.

Jackson was being held in jail on the following charges: trafficking In drugs, possession of controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, possessing criminal tools, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, and illegal manufacture drugs/cultivation marijuana/methamphetamine.