A Leavenworth man accused of abusing a dog reportedly told a police officer he does not like the dog, and the dog does not like him.

A Leavenworth man accused of abusing a dog reportedly told a police officer he does not like the dog, and the dog does not like him.

That is according to a probable cause affidavit that was prepared in the case of Lemuel D. Hunter Jr.

Hunter, 57, is charged in Leavenworth County District Court with felony animal cruelty. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 19 in downtown Leavenworth.

Officer Ward C. Richards III of the Leavenworth Police Department prepared the affidavit in support of the criminal charge.

A judge ordered the release of a redacted copy of the affidavit on Thursday.

According to the affidavit, a witness told Richards that Hunter allegedly choked the dog and then punched the animal on the head about three times. Later in the day, Hunter allegedly began pounding on the dog's kennel with a board while the dog was inside. Hunter then allegedly burned the dog around its nose and jaw using a handheld propane torch. This caused the animal's whiskers to become singed.

The dog was hiding under a table when Richards arrived at the scene and would not come out, according to the affidavit.

The dog is a 3-year-old beagle and corgi mix named Gracie, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
The dog remains under the care of Leavenworth Animal Control.

Hunter reportedly told police that he had tried using a stick to move the dog, and he denied burning the animal, according to Nicodemus.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for March 28. Evidence will be presented during the hearing, and the judge will decide if the case should proceed.

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