PIQUA — The Piqua man accused of stealing beagle puppies from a residence last June entered a guilty plea for the fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property charge in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
According to court records, Matthew King, 20, of Piqua, entered the guilty plea for the theft of beagle puppies from a Piqua resident’s kennel in the backyard on June 3.
A second-degree misdemeanor of cruelty to animals charge was dismissed during previous court proceedings.
On June 3, Kenneth Nash, a Piqua resident who breeds the beagle puppies for hunting, reported all of the puppies missing from the back yard of his home.
Nash realized the puppies were stolen when his wife heard a noise out in their back yard at roughly 3 a.m. Nash went out to check the scene and noticed the pups were gone, but the mother beagle was there.
Shortly after Nash reported the puppies missing, a disturbance call sent police to a home, where a female had one of the puppies in her possession.
During the course of investigating where the woman got the puppy, Piqua police reportedly were led to King. The remaining puppies reportedly were found in a closed, red duffel bag in King’s backyard. One of the dogs reportedly had an eye injury.
The value of the puppies was estimated at $1,500, according to Miami County Municipal Court documents.
King was ordered to complete a pre-sentence investigation. He will be sentenced on Nov. 2.
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