DELUCA: Adventures with Alessio

A photo of Alessio, 3, before he was adopted at the Buffalo dog pound by former Niagarans, Tom and Louis Yots. 

A 23-year-old Buffalo man pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony. He pleaded guilty to the highest charge.

On Aug. 3, Jarrod Dillman, while working as a dog daycare attendant at PawPrints by Penny & Co. on Niagara Street in the City of Buffalo, caused the death of “Alessio,” a 3-year-old Havanese mix.

The defendant admitted to using a leash to throw the dog against a wall. He also repeatedly kicked the dog while wearing boots. A necropsy determined that “Alessio” died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Dillman faces a maximum of two years in jail when he is sentenced on Jan. 15. He remains released on $5,000 bond posted in Buffalo City Court. 

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn commended the SPCA Serving Erie County, including Officers Paul LeShay, Amy Jaworski and Lindsey Styborski, for their work in this investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Erin E. Hart of the DA’s Animal Cruelty Unit.

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