Man indicted on felony animal cruelty counts in Calvert

Joshua L. Sack
Joshua Lawrence Sack

Prince Frederick, MD - A grand jury in Calvert County has handed down a four-count indictment against an Anne Arundel County man who allegedly abused his pit bull last November at a residence in Sunderland. According to court documents, the defendant, Joshua Lawrence Sack, 24 of Annapolis, was indicted Dec. 18. Sack faces three counts of aggravated cruelty to an animal, which is a felony. He was also indicted on a single count of animal cruelty failure to provide, a misdemeanor. A court docket summary cited the aggravated animal cruelty incidents occurred between Nov.1 and 6, Nov. 7 and 16, and Nov. 17.

According to court documents, it was during the early-morning hours of Nov. 17 that a Calvert County Animal Control Unit officer met with veterinarians at the Mid-Atlantic Animal Specialty Hospital (MASH) in Huntingtown and a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputy who had been summoned due to a report of “an intoxicated disorderly subject.”

Police reports stated that Sack and a roommate brought the pit bull named Sosa to MASH because it was “not moving and having trouble breathing.” A vet at the hospital told ACO Sheckels that Sosa “was placed on life support as there was significant inflammation and swelling injuries in the dog’s neck, causing trouble breathing and possible head trauma. The dog was also unable to move its legs,” according to court documents. In a written report another vet stated Sosa was hospitalized “for treatment of traumatic injury/suspected strangulation resulting in upper respiratory obstruction/respiratory arrest, significant lingual and neck [soft tissue] swelling and scleral hemorrhage.”

Sack was subsequently interviewed by Detective Justin Livingston of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and a recording of the interview was forwarded to the Calvert County State’s Attorney’s Office. In compliance with Maryland Criminal Law, authorities seized control of Sosa.

When contacted by regarding Sosa’s current condition, a spokeswoman for MASH said facility officials had no comment on the matter. According to the court documents filed in November, veterinarians had told police the dog may be paralyzed for life.

Sack has posted $1,000 bond and is due in Circuit Court Jan. 22 for a status conference. A jury trial on the charges is tentatively scheduled for April.

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