Glen Burnie man charged with animal cruelty

Posted at 12:37 PM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-17 18:57:32-04

Anne Arundel County Police say they arrested a Glen Burnie man last week for animal neglect. According to a release, on Wednesday, July 12, after 9 p.m. officers were called to the Walmart on George Clauss Blvd in Severn for a man that seemed to be passed out in a vehicle with a dog in distress in the backseat. When officers arrived, they found James Huckaby dragging his bulldog by a leash in the parking lot. Huckaby told police that he feel asleep in his car while waiting to give a friend a ride after work.

When officers search his vehicle, they found five clear capsules of suspected heroin and two cut straws with a powder residue believed to be for snorting heroin.

Police at the scene say the dog appeared to be dehydrated and suffering from heat exhaustion; Animal Control was called who transported the dog to an emergency vet clinic. Due to the “rapid deterioration of the dog's health and the poor prognoses”, it was recommended to euthanize the dog to prevent further suffering. “Diesel” was humanely euthanized, according to a release.

Police charged Huckaby with possession of heroin, possession of paraphernalia, and animal cruelty.

Two days later, police were called just before 1:30 p.m. to the Anne Arundel County Animal Control Facility for a person threatening violence. Volunteers and visitors told officers they observed a suspect arrive in a silver Nissan Titan and overheard him on a cell phone saying he would kill police officers for shooting his dog. The witnesses immediately ran into the building, locked the doors and called police.

The suspect fled the facility but police were able to identify him as James Huckaby, responded to his home and took him into custody without incident.

Huckaby was charged with threats of violence, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace.