Bradford man charged with alleged animal cruelty


MIAMI COUNTY — Several residents contacted the Miami County Sheriff’s Office in regards to an alleged animal cruelty complaint against a dog and sheriff’s deputies have charged a subject.

Joshua C. Oswald, age 29, of Bradford, has been charged in Miami County Municipal Court for one count of animal cruelty and one count of improper disposal of an animal. Additionally, Miami County Animal Shelter staff will be filing two counts of failure to license dogs against Oswald as neither of his dogs were licensed.

According to sheriff’s reports, on Aug. 21 Miami County deputies were provided information from several county residents of alleged animal cruelty against a dog that a subject had posted about on Facebook. The Facebook posts were copied to deputies and included photos of a deceased dog along with comments that the dog had been ran over and then kicked. Miami County deputies, working with the Miami County Animal Shelter, located the remains of the dog alongside a road. The remains of the dog have been sent to a veterinarian who specializes in the autopsies of animals as to the cause of death. There were no tags or chips located on the dog. Through the investigation the subject posting on Facebook was identified as Oswald.

“We would like to thank the public for bringing this to our attention and for all of the assistance rendered to deputies,” according to the press release from the office.

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