TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — The Lansing man accused of microwaving a rabbit pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday in Tompkins County Court.

Seth Decker, of Lansing. (Provided by NYSP)

In October, New York State Police arrested Seth C. Decker, 24, of Lansing, and charged him with the felony of aggravated cruelty to animals, which falls under Agriculture and Markets Law. According to police, Decker put the pet rabbit of a woman he knew into a microwave and killed it.

Another person in the residence at the time saw Decker put the rabbit in the microwave and turn it on, police said, and Decker allegedly threatened the other person, stating, “You are next, I’ll slit your throat,” court records state.

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At the arraignment, Judge John Rowley continued Decker’s bail of $2,000 cash or $4,000 property bond.

Man accused of assaulting a woman with a machete pleads not guilty at arraignment

At a separate arraignment Thursday in Tompkins County Court, Daniel I. Truesdale, 47, of Lansing, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault.

In June, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office charged Truesdale with assault after he reportedly attacked a woman with a machete, causing “serious physical injuries” to her nose, lips and jaw. Deputies responded to reports of the assault June 3.

Judge John Rowley issued a non-harassment order of protection for the victim and continued Truesdale’s bail of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond, which he posted. The next conference for the case has been scheduled for Dec. 21.

Also in Tompkins County Court this week:

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