A local man was arrested this week on an allegation he pushed or threw a dog out of a vehicle.
However, the suspect, Donald E. Resor Jr., 31, of 32 State St., is in custody at the Huron County Jail on an entirely different charge. Jail and Norwalk Municipal Court records indicate Resor is serving a 10-day sentence for a contempt of court charge for failing to show proof of substance abuse counseling.
The underlying conviction is driving under the influence for a May 29, 2010 traffic stop by the state Highway Patrol.
About 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, the Clyde Police Department reported having Resor in custody on a local animal cruelty warrant. He was released to a Norwalk police officer and transported to the Huron County Jail.
Huron County Deputy Dog Warden Josh Jasinski investigated the suspected animal cruelty case. He responded to a Norwalk Township location Dec. 30 after he received a call from a witness who reported seeing someone push or throw a dog out of a vehicle.
"The dog wasn't able to be located," Jasinski said.
The next day, Jasinski said he found the 4-year-old tan pitbull dog mix named Bailey at a residence about a quarter of a mile from the drop-off point. The deputy dog warden, citing the pending court case, declined to say how he tracked the dog to Resor, but said a microchip in the dog helped determined Bailey's origin.
"Usually, it's put in at the nap of the neck. It moves around sometimes," Jasinski said.
In early January, Jasinski gave the dog to the Huron County Humane Society. Officials there said Bailey is "doing fine" and was at the shelter as of Thursday afternoon.
A family had the dog but could not care for it and returned it to the local humane society. Resor adopted the dog and had it "about a month," said Bonnie Albright, director of development and marketing for the Huron County Humane Society.
"The dog is fine now, but when the dog came (back) in, its condition was significantly deteriorated from when it left here," Albright said.
Judge John Ridge issued a warrant for Resor's arrest Jan. 29.
Slightly more than two hours before Clyde police arrested Resor on the animal cruelty warrant, the suspect was charged with domestic violence in connection with a State Street argument. That incident was reported to Norwalk police at 10:37 p.m. Monday.
Resor was arrested in Clyde, the city where he works, on a warrant and then taken to jail, police said.
After serving time on the contempt charge, Resor must post a $9,000 bond for the domestic violence charge. His bail on the animal cruelty charge is $4,000 with a 10-percent provision.