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Court date set in cruelty case

May 24, 2011
The Leader Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - A city man facing animal-cruelty charges in a case that gained attention on the Internet will reappear in City Court June 6.

Kevin Johnson Jr., 23, of 14 Franklin St., faces a charge of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, a misdemeanor, as well as one count each of having an unlicensed dog and failure to provide proof of compulsory rabies vaccination, both violations.

Johnson's arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, but when he hadn't appeared by 10 a.m., City Court Judge Vincent DeSantis issued a warrant.

Later in the morning, Johnson appeared in court, where he was assigned 2nd Assistant Public Defender Michael J. Poulin.

DeSantis said there were other unrelated charges pending against Johnson, but they were not returnable in court Monday and will be heard June 6.

Poulin is defending Johnson on the other charges as well.

Johnson told The Leader-Herald he would not comment on the case at this time, but suggested he may talk about it after the charges are settled.

The animal-cruelty case gained attention after someone posted photos of the incident on Facebook.



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