CORNING - A Corning man is behind bars for allegedly aggressively and violently throwing rocks at a dog behind a fence Feb. 6 in the dog's owner's Gorton Street back yard.
Thomas J. Savino, 55, of 170 Decatur St., Corning, was charged Thursday with attempted aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony violation of the state’s Agriculture and Market Laws, according to Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding.
Spaulding said at about 10 a.m. Feb. 6, Savino allegedly rushed the dog and threw a dangerous object, possibly a rock, at the dog in an attempt to cause it serious physical injury or extreme physical pain.
Patrolmen spoke with Savino at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday and he informed police he was preparing to leave town, Spaulding said. He was quickly arrested.
Savino was arraigned in front of Corning City Judge George Welch and released on his own recognizance, police said. He is scheduled to reappear in Corning City Court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to answer to the charges.
Savino contacted the Corning City Police Feb. 4, claiming that he had been bitten by a dog on Baker Street Extension.
Spaulding said on Feb. 6, it was reported to city police that Savino was seen attacking a different dog that was fenced in its owner’s Gorton Street yard.
During the course of investigating the Feb. 6 complaint, it was learned that Savino may have been involved in a prior incident, according to police. An incident occurred in January in which Savino allegedly engaged in the same type of conduct.
Spaulding said that complaint is still being investigated and more charges are possible.