Man accused of starving dogs applies to have trial moved to Veterans Court

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A man accused of starving two dogs waived his preliminary hearing today.  

Robert Heath was in Erie County Court facing animal abuse charges.  Heath brought a black lab weighing only 26 pounds to the Humane Society.  The shelter’s investigating officers discovered the dog had not eaten in several weeks and another dog had starved to death.

Today, Heath waived all charges.  He’s applying for Veterans Court and waiting to find out if he gets accepted.

Stephen Sebald, Heath’s Attorney, says, “This individual was actually engaged in a firefight that lasted seven days in Afghanistan and you just don’t recover from that. That stays with you. He’s not using that at all as an excuse for his behavior but I think it definitely factors into it.”

The black lab named Gunner has gained around 20 pounds already.  The Humane Society says he’s doing much better and he’s on track to be adopted. 

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