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Man facing animal cruelty charges in under-the-influence dog drowning

Owner found dog in the toilet, suspect passed out

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Bethlehem man is facing allegations that he was under the influence when he drowned a woman’s dog in the bathroom.

Allentown police charged Julius Walters, of Spring Garden Street, with aggravated cruelty to animals after the owner discovered her dog in the toilet Monday afternoon. District Judge Wayne Maura arraigned the 22-year-old early Tuesday morning, setting bail at $25,000.

Allentown police were dispatched to the 500 block of East Court Street shortly before 4 p.m. Monday to investigate a disturbance. A woman there alleged Walters had drowned her dog, according to court records.

She told officers that she found Walters passed out in the bathroom with her dog in the toilet, according to records. Court records do not specify the nature of their relationship.

During the investigation, police said Walters made statements to the effect of, “I didn’t mean to do it.”

Once at police headquarters, officers searched Walters and allegedly found seven wax packets used in heroin sales and a plastic baggie containing a brown powder that preliminarily tested positive for heroin and methamphetamine.

Along with the animal cruelty charge, police also charged Walters with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 15.

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