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Police: Dog found dehydrated at Md. Walmart euthanized, owner threatened to kill officers

James Huckaby. (Photo, Anne Arundel County Police)

A man was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill police officers because his bulldog was euthanized after they found him with the apparently dehydrated dog in a car with suspected heroin in it at a Walmart in Severn, police say.

Anne Arundel County Police say they were called to the Walmart in the 407 George Clauss Boulevard at around 9:11 p.m. on Wednesday for a report of animal neglect. Officers got to the scene and found James Huckaby, 37, of Glen Burnie, dragging his dog Diesel on a leash. Police say Huckaby told them he fell asleep in his car while he was waiting to give a friend a ride. People told police that Diesel was in the back seat while Huckaby slept and that the dog "appeared to be in distress," according to authorities.

Animal Control took Diesel to an emergency veterinary clinic after police say he collapsed after trying to get up. The dog looked like he was dehydrated and had heat exhaustion, officers said.

Diesel was humanely euthanized on the advice of the veterinarian because of "rapid deterioration of the dog’s health and the poor prognoses," according to officials.

Huckaby was charged with animal cruelty and possession of heroin and paraphernalia after police say they found five capsules of suspected heroin and two cut straws in his car.

Animal control then called police on Friday saying that someone was making threats of violence towards police in the parking lot of the Anne Arundel County Animal Control Facility. People there said they heard a man, who police identified as Huckaby, saying he would kill officers for shooting his dog, according to authorities.

Those at the facility went inside and locked the doors.

Huckaby left without hurting anyone and before police got there and officers later found him at home and arrested him, officials say.

He was charged with with threats of violence, disorderly conduct, and disturbing the peace

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