CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A Cambridge man is facing animal cruelty and related charges following accusations that he drowned a dog in front of a group of eyewitnesses.
Cambridge police said that last Thursday afternoon officers were called to Snappers Waterfront Cafe on Commerce Street, where they met with three people who observed 34-year-old Cecil McCoy Jr. walking a dog to the open lot just north of Snappers and Clayton's Seafood. Police said the eyewitnesses stated that they then observed McCoy take the leash off of the dog and throw the animal into the water. According to police, McCoy did this in an area where the bulkhead is high and there was no way to retrieve the dog from the water.
Authorities said the group that watched this happen also heard McCoy yell to the dog, "Now swim!" as he walked away. The dog was observed swimming around and attempting to find a place to get out of the water, according to police. The eyewitnesses then went inside Snappers and called Natural Resources Marine Police and the Cambridge Police Department.
Investigators said one of the people who watched McCoy throw the dog into the water jumped in after it and tried to save it. The dog was pulled out of the water, but it had already died, police said.
As a result of the police investigation into the alleged incident, a District Court warrant was issued for McCoy's arrest. He was taken into custody Friday and charged with one count of animal cruelty- inflict, one count of animal cruelty-mutilate and one count of disorderly conduct.
Following his arrest on the aforementioned charges, McCoy was ordered held in the Dorchester County Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.
Police said McCoy's motive for the crime remains unknown. According to the Maryland Judiciary Case Search, he has an extensive criminal history with past convictions for drug possession, attempted robbery and theft.
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