Havasu man arrested on trespassing, animal cruelty charges

December 18, 2018 GMT

It’s a fact of life for Lake Havasu City’s pet owners that sometimes, pets get loose. Occasionally, however, they have a little unwanted help.

A Havasu man was cited and released Saturday on charges of first degree trespassing and animal cruelty in one such case. According to police, 66-year-old Anthony D. Anders allegedly left a note on the door of a Polaris Drive residence Thursday, telling homeowners to take care of their barking dogs.

Surveillance video footage from the victim’s home allegedly showed Anders at their residence, opening the gate of their yard to intentionally free their pet.

The dog was recovered by a neighbor of the victim, who returned it to its owners uninjured.

Officers identified Anders as a potential suspect in the case. Anders has allegedly contacted the Lake Havasu City Police Department on multiple occasions to complain of the victim’s barking dogs.

According to statements allegedly taken by Anders, he went to the residence to check on the victim’s dogs, due to their barking. He said he didn’t intend to let the dog loose, according to the report, and that the animal escaped when he opened the fence.

Anders was issued a criminal citation on misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and first degree trespassing. The pet’s owner was counseled about the possibility of being cited herself, if her dogs were disturbing the peace.

— Staff Reports