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Ketchikan man charged with animal cruelty and trespassing



January 04, 2016
Monday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - A Ketchikan man faces animal cruelty and criminal trespass charges after allegedly entering a Pond Reef home and beating a dog.

The investigation of the trespasser at a residence on Pond Reef Road by the Alaska State Troopers early Sunday afternoon revealed 43 year old Michael D. Kacenas of Ketchikan had entered a family member’s residence while the homeowner was out of town after being told not to be at the house by that family member.

Troopers received further reports that Kacenas had allegedly injured the homeowner's dog during the incident. According to Alaska Dispatch News, Kacenas repeatedly hit the dog with a baseball bat. The dog was transported to a local veterinary clinic where it was treated and was monitored for 24 hours.

The Alaska Dispatch News wrote, "Court records show Michael D. Kacenas, 43, was charged with one count of felony animal cruelty and one count of misdemeanor first-degree criminal trespass. According to Alaska statutes, felony animal cruelty involves knowingly inflicting “severe and prolonged physical pain or suffering on an animal".”

Kacenas was arrested without incident and transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center where he was remanded on the charges of Criminal Trespass I (DV) and Cruelty to Animals and is being held without bail.

The Alaska State Troopers' Ketchikan station received the report the trespasser at a residence on Pond Reef Road at approximately 1:50 PM Sunday.

Kacenas was arraigned at 1 p.m. Monday. Bail was set at $1,000.00 and posted.


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Ketchikan man charged in baseball-bat beating of dog
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