BEND, OR -- Two Bend men will be back in court later this week to face felony animal abuse charges, in two separate attacks.
In the first case, 23-year-old Ethan Allen Buck is accused of severely beating his girlfriend’s dog. Investigators say the man punched and kicked the dog during the brutal attack. The seven-year-old lab suffered serious injuries, including broken ribs and a collapsed lung.
Separately, 55-year-old Glen Lacoss allegedly hung his neighbor’s cat from a fence. The District Attorney’s office says he set a snare and trapped the cat. He was reportedly upset because it came into his yard. In that case, the animal did not survive.
District Attorney John Hummel said in a statement, "Buck and Lacoss are presumed innocent and entitled to their day in court. However, my office will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law and if they are convicted, we will seek a significant penalty."
Both men are due back in court on Wednesday.