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Ithaca, N.Y. — A Tompkins County man who shot a dog in the head twice last fall was sent back to jail on Friday after he was accused of violating the terms of his probation.

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Jeffrey M. Wood, 39, of Meadowbrook Lane in Newfield, was convicted on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals after shooting Lillie, a 2-year-old German shepherd mix. He was accused of leaving the dog to die.

In January, Wood was sentenced to 120 days in jail and five years of probation. At some point since, he was released from jail. He’s now in trouble with the law again and was sent back to the jail by Judge Joe Cassidy on Friday.

Wood is accused of violating the condition of his probation that he avoid “injurious or vicious habits,” according to court records.

See related: Leader of Tompkins County SPCA says case of dog shot is worst he’s ever seen

New incident

On Wednesday, Wood was escorted out of the Human Services Coalition building on Seneca Street after going into a secure area of the facility, according to the violation of probation report filed against him.

Wood “became extremely irate and belligerent” when asked by security how he gained access to the secure area, court records say. Things escalated to the point at which the security guards called Ithaca police. Wood then called someone on his cell phone and yelled that “two (expletive) Ithaca PD pigs out here harassing me,” according to the probation report.

“He created an unsafe environment … and caused several people to be fearful for their own safety as well as those sitting in the lobby. He also showed a complete lack of respect for authorities as demonstrated by his continued aggressive behavior with the Ithaca Police,” the probation report says.

A security officer wrote in a report that Wood would not calm down and “chested up to me.”

“It should be noted that this person was very threatening and seemed quite unstable for whatever reason and should be considered dangerous,” the security guard’s report states.

See related: Newfield man fights to keep dog he rescued after shooting

Back in court

On Friday afternoon, Wood appeared in Tompkins County Court in a black hoodie and brown khakis. (Wood faces no new criminal charges.)

Judge Cassidy remanded Wood to the jail after a contentious hearing in which Wood raised his voice and appeared to argue with the judge.

Shortly after sitting down in front of the judge, Wood looked up at the judge and said, “Your honor, can we get going here?”

Cassidy looked back at Wood. “‘Can we get going here?,’” Cassidy said, sarcastically quoting Wood.

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Wood then tried to backtrack. “First of all, let me apologize,” Wood said. Cassidy responded that Wood shouldn’t interrupt him “while I read you your rights.”

Cassidy entered a not guilty plea in Wood’s behalf and asked Wood if he wanted an attorney. His voice rising, Wood said to the judge, “I think we should go back to the beginning … I didn’t know the dog was alive … I’ve been telling the truth since day 1. I’m not a cruel and inhumane person.”

The judge said it wasn’t the place or time to talk about the prior conviction.

Later, Wood asked the judge to level with him. “Talk to me, man-to-man,” Wood said, before asking the judge for advice. Judge Cassidy responded that he recommends Wood get an attorney.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.