MIAMI COUNTY — Several residents contacted the Miami County Sheriff’s Office in regards to an alleged animal cruelty complaint and sheriff’s deputies have charged a subject.
Joshua C. Oswald, age 29, of Bradford, has been charged in Miami County Municipal Court for one count of animal cruelty and one count of improper disposal of an animal. Additionally, Miami County Animal Shelter staff will be filing two counts of failure to license dogs against Oswald, as neither of his dogs was licensed.
According to sheriff’s reports, on Aug. 21, Miami County deputies were provided information from several county residents of alleged animal cruelty against a dog that a subject had posted about on Facebook. The Facebook posts were copied to deputies and included photos of a deceased dog along with comments that the dog had been run over and then kicked. Miami County deputies, working with the Miami County Animal Shelter, located the remains of the dog alongside a road. The remains of the dog have been sent to a veterinarian who specializes in the autopsies of animals as to the cause of death. There were no tags or chips located on the dog. Through the investigation, the subject posting on Facebook was identified as Oswald.
“We would like to thank the public for bringing this to our attention and for all of the assistance rendered to deputies,” according to the press release from the office.
According to the post, Oswald allegedly abused the dog for killing his cats.
Miami County deputies are requesting the public’s assistance in locating two suspects in two separate incidents:
Matthew R. Cartonia, age 32, last known address in Piqua. Cartonia is 6’2” with brown eyes and brown hair and weighs 170 pounds. Cartonia is wanted for a felony burglary which occurred in the northwest part of Miami County.
Deputies are requesting information regarding a male suspect who attempted to pass a counterfeit check at a local bank last week. The bank teller described the male as missing several teeth and having a lazy left eye.
Anyone knowing Cartonia or the unidentified suspect’s whereabouts are asked to call the Miami County Communication Center at (937) 440-9911. Anonymous Tips can be left on the sheriff’s office website at www.miamicountysheriff.org.