Rutland City police officers are looking for Michael K. Watkins, 46, of Rutland. Watkins allegedly beat a dog named “Bonnie” to death.
When he failed to appear at his arraignment before Judge Cortland Corsones, in Rutland County Court Aug. 15, Corsones ordered an arrest warrant with a $10,000 bail notice attached.
Watkins was supposed to be in court this week to answer a felony charge of aggravated cruelty relating to the a young chihuahua.
Rutland’s animal-control officer Craig Petrie told reporters that an eyewitness alleges that Watkins kick the dog on Cleveland Avenue several months ago. A second witness also alleges seeing Watkins kick and even punch the dog repeated times.
When questioned by police, Watkins explained that “Bonnie” died as a result of eating thumbtacks. However, an autopsy conducted by a local veterinarian found no evidence of tacks in the dog’s system.
Watkins could face up to three years in prison if convicted.