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Memphis man faces animal-cruelty indictment for putting puppy in dishwasher

Timberly Moore, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis • Updated Mar 7, 2014 at 1:06 AM

MEMPHIS (MCT) – A grand jury indicted a man who allegedly killed a puppy by putting it in a dishwasher, according to the Shelby County District Attorney's office.

Marcus Curry, 27, faces felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals. In June, witnesses told police, Curry put the dog in the dishwasher at his apartment in the 2800 block of Meadowlake Drive in the Fox Meadows area. One witness told police that when Curry got the puppy out of the dishwasher, it was not moving, and that Curry said he left the puppy in there "too long."

Workmen later found the dog's body in a Dumpster and notified police. Curry denied putting the puppy in the dishwasher, police said, but admitted to putting it in a bag and throwing it in the trash.

The grand jury also indicted Curry on misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals for allegedly leaving the same dog tied to the porch with no food or water.

Curry was indicted in October, but was not arrested until he was found on Feb. 27 at a motel on Lamar.

When police captured him at the motel he was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. In that case, according to an affidavit, Curry was identified in an ATM photo by his aunt after he withdrew about $600 from her account without her permission.

Curry's criminal history stretches nearly 10 years. During that time, he was charged with more than 15 violent and nonviolent offenses, including criminal attempt to escape misdemeanor incarceration and domestic assault.

He is due in court Wednesday on the fraud charges.

He is due in court on March 26 on the animal cruelty charges and for a separate violation of a protection order case.

Curry could face up to six years in prison on the felony animal cruelty charge, and up to 11 months and 29 days on the misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.

His bail in the cases totals $50,000, according to the district attorney's office.

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