2018-08-09 / Community

Teen faces animal cruelty charges

By Ben Muir

CASEVILLE – A teen was recently charged with a felony after he allegedly killed a dog and then showed what he had done to multiple people.

Joseph J. Ales, 18, appeared before Judge Gerald M. Prill in Huron County Circuit Court on Monday, Aug. 6. He pleaded not guilty to one count of killing and torturing an animal. County Prosecutor Tim Rutkowski said the felony charge has a maximum sentence of four years in prison, along with a $5,000 fine.

“That’s the maximum,” Rutkowski said. “But in reality, most of these cases wind up in county jail.”

Police allege that Ales, of Caseville, shot a mixed Rat Terrier and Chihuahua with an arrow. Ales then put the dog into a chainsaw case and took it to a local hang out at a parking lot, where he allegedly showed at least three people, Rutkowski said.

Rutkowski said the owner of the dog had reported it missing May 13 and suspects Ales played a role, apparently saying she had run-ins with the teenager in the past.

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