- New York, USA -
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that 18-years-old ZACHARY A. JACKSON (pictured), was arraigned on Friday, May 12, 2023, before Cheektowaga Town Court Justice David Stevens on one count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals (Class “E” felony under Agriculture and Markets Law) and one count of Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals; Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance (Class “A” misdemeanor under Agriculture and Markets Law).
As stated in a press release by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, “It is alleged that on April 19, 2023, the defendant, with the intent to kill or cause serious physical injuries to a companion animal, by attempting to drown a family member’s dog in the bathtub at a home on Girard Avenue in the Town of Cheektowaga.”
The dog, a mixed breed terrier named Sprocket, received emergency veterinary treatment. However, the Voiceless Victim’s condition was not disclosed.
JACKSON will return to Cheektowaga Town Court on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. He was held without bail pending the results of a forensic examination.
If convicted of the highest charge, JACKSON faces a maximum sentence of ONLY two years in prison.
District Attorney John Flynn said: “My office will continue to prosecute animal abusers to the fullest extent of the law. I want [to] thank the SPCA for not only their work in this investigation, but also for the work they do every day to help animals in our community.”
On a separate note, according to the press release, the animal cruelty charges are the most recent ones that JACKSON is facing. In fact, he is also facing multiple other charges stemming from three separate cases in Buffalo and Cheektowaga.
JACKSON is accused of damaging a cell door while in Cheektowaga Police custody on May 9, 2023.
The press release goes on to state that in a case pending in Cheektowaga Town Court, JACKSON is accused of pouring lighter fluid on a family member's vehicle and allegedly used a blowtorch to set it on fire.
Additionally, JACKSON has a case pending in Buffalo City Court where in January 2023, he was charged with one count of Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree for allegedly throwing a cart through a building on Hudson Street in Buffalo on December 22, 2022.
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JACKSON’s mugshot provided to Voice For Us by the Erie County District Attorney's Office.