A man in Wolcott faces animal cruelty charges for leaving his dog tied up outside on a hot and humid July day, leading to a significant injury.

Police said they arrested James Folmsbee on Wednesday after the dog was found to have a deep cut on a rear leg.

Officers said Folmsbee told them he tied the dog up before heading to New York. He said his plan was to return the next day.

In the meantime, police said they received complaints.

Police said they found that the dog, named "Happy," had access to the house. Happy is a 3-year-old pit bull.

Inside the house, however, police said they found deplorable conditions.

They said there was blood everywhere from cuts Happy had suffered. One cut was deep enough to cause arterial bleeding.

"Not only was the house completely ransacked, not taken care of, there was blood everywhere from one end of the house to the other end of the house," said Wolcott Animal Control Officer Roz Nenninger.

But Folmsbee called the charges unfounded.

"The cleaning lady was supposed to let him in in the morning, he cut himself trying to catch a mouse in the ceiling the night before, I didn't even realize, I thought it was mud," Folmsbee said.

Folmsbee refused to pay vet bills after the fact, and still hasn't paid the now more than $700 bills.

As a result, police applied for and were granted an arrest warrant.

Folmsbee was charged with one count of animal cruelty.

He is due back in court next month and as part of the conditions set by the judge, he can't have any animals as the case goes forward.

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