(Oct. 4, 2019) A 53-year-old Ocean City man is being held without bond on animal cruelty charges in Baltimore City, according to the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Joseph Cryer was served with a warrant on Sept. 24 in Baltimore City. He’s in custody at the Baltimore Central Booking and Department of Pretrial and Detention Services, according to online court records.
It’s unclear why Cryer was in Baltimore, and State’s Attorney Kristin Heiser couldn’t provide further comment as “this is a pending case.”
The warrant stems from an incident on Sept. 10 where Cryer was accused of killing his dog. He was charged with animal cruelty and aggravated animal cruelty charges, according to the District Court of Maryland’s online records.
A resident of Montego Bay, where Cryer lives, alerted the resort’s animal control division after discovering a dog’s remains in a neighborhood trashcan. Cryer was later identified as the dog’s owner.
A police spokesperson said the officers described Cryer as being “in an altered state due to mental health problems.”
Animal control personnel removed all remaining pets from Cryer’s home, according to police.