Mt. Vernon Man Arrested After Weeks-Old Puppy Beaten to Death

A 31-year-old Mt. Vernon man was arrested on Monday after an investigation revealed he beat a weeks-old puppy to death, according to the Posey County Prosecutor's Office.

Posted: Mar 30, 2021 12:16 PM
Updated: Mar 30, 2021 12:22 PM

31-year-old Robert Wolf of Mt. Vernon, Indiana, was arrested on Monday after an investigation conducted by the Posey County Sheriff's Office revealed he had beaten a nine to 10 week-old puppy to death, according to the Posey County Prosecutor's Office.

According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, the investigation began when PCSO Deputy Andrew Porath responded to a wolf's family member.

The prosecutor's office says Wolf admitted to striking the pit bull puppy multiple times after the puppy bit him on the finger. Wolf further admitted that the puppy died as a result of the beating.

Officers found the puppy's body in a trash bag that Wolf had set out for trash collectors, according to the prosecutor's office.

As a result of Deputy Porath's investigation, the Posey County Prosecutor’s Office filed multiple charges against Wolf including:

  • Count 1: Torturing or Mutilating a Vertebrate Animal, a Level 6 Felony
  • Count 2: Killing a Domestic Animal, a Level 6 Felony
  • Count 3: Cruelty to an Animal, a Class A Misdemeanor

The prosecutor's office says that if convicted, Wolf faces 6 months to 2 ½ years in prison, plus a fine of up to $10,000.

Wolf is currently held in the Posey County Jail without bond and is scheduled to appear in Posey Circuit Court on March 31, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. for an initial hearing.

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