Man convicted for role in animal cruelty case in Wicomico County

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - A man will spend over a year in prison for his role in an animal cruelty case, in Wicomico County.

The Office of the State's Attorney for Wicomico County says on Tuesday, 37-year-old James Michael Watson was found guilty of aggravated animal cruelty by the Honorable L. Bruce Wade in the District Court of Maryland for Wicomico County. The charge stems from as incident that happened on October 30.

On that day, after an argument with his girlfriend, Watson intentionally and cruelly beat her bulldog puppy almost to the point of death. Officials say the then-girlfriend's daughter came home to find the dog in severe distress and was able to get it emergency medical treatment, saving its life.

The 37-year-old was sentenced to the Department of Correction for one year and one day. This sentence is to be served consecutive to any and all other outstanding Maryland sentences.

This case was investigated by Maryland State Police Trooper Mazet and prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorney Kris Heiser.

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