Niagara Falls man accused of using stun gun on dog

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Niagara Falls man has been arrested after police say he was caught using a stun gun on a dog.

On Saturday evening, police in the city headed over to Cudaback Avenue after receiving a report of animal cruelty. The complainant told police that she observed a man using the weapon on a dog in his backyard and captured it on video, according to the police report.

“I could hear the zap and the dog weep in pain,” a police officer said in their report.

When police responded to the scene, they say they found Timothy Wooten, 63, and what appeared to be a German Shepherd named “Cooligo.” According to police, the dog was tied to a cage.

“I spoke with Wooten, asking if he had any weapons on him and he mumbled, ‘I don’t know,'” a police officer who watched a video of the alleged incident said.

After being frisked, police say they found a stun gun in the man’s rear pocket. The report says he told police he got the weapon from a friend.

Wooten was subsequently detained and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and criminal possession of a weapon. The stun gun was collected as evidence and Cooligo was taken from him, police said.

Wooten was later released with a court appearance ticket for Niagara Falls City Court.

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