ITHACA, N.Y. — A Newfield man who shot a dog in the head twice in September was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly violated his probation.
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Jeffrey Wood was charged with driving while intoxicated, seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and refusing to take a breath test in Freeville on July 8.
He was sentenced to five years of probation and 120 days in jail for aggravated animal cruelty in January after he shot a German shepherd mix in the head for chewing on his internet router. The dog, Lillie, survived the shooting but is permanently blind.
“The defendant exhibited extremely inappropriate and bizarre behavior on the night of his arrest,” Assistant District Attorney Diane Lama said about his recent arrest. “It’s our position that he isn’t safe in the community right now.”
She said police reports indicated that Wood used racial slurs and threatened to punch and kill police officers at the scene where he appeared intoxicated.
Judge Joseph Cassidy told Wood, “At this point, you do pose a danger to the community because of your relapse.”
Her ordered that Wood be taken into custody until next week, when it can be determined if Wood did in fact violate his probation.
In June, Wood admitted to violating his probation in April after he cursed and argued with officers at the Human Services Coalition building on Seneca Street.
During the confrontation with police, Wood told a person on a cell phone that “two (expletive) Ithaca PD pigs out here harassing me,” according to a probation report.
Judge Joseph Cassidy said the incident violated a special section of Wood’s probation that requires him to avoid “injurious or vicious habits.” Wood also tested positive for alcohol two days later, another violation of his probation.
Cassidy put Wood back on probation at the time, but warned him that he could face jail time if he violated probation again.
Wood is scheduled to appear in court again July 27.