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Witnesses tell police naked man tried to strangle dog

| Sunday, July 8, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Police say a Syracuse man is facing a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals after witnesses told authorities he tried to strangle a dog and pull its legs apart.

The Post-Standard reports officers arrived at Burns Avenue on Friday evening after getting reports that a naked man was trying to kill a dog.

Tyler Simon, 25, of Syracuse, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, police said.

The witnesses also told police Simon was under the influence of an unknown substance, police said.

Officers found the dog behind a house, with a leg injury and unable to walk.

Police said the dog was taken to a veterinary center, and had suffered a fractured right front leg, bruising to its eyes, and torn toe nails.

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