published Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Chattanooga man arrested, accused of threatening to slit dog’s throat

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    A 50-year-old man is accused of choking a dog and threatening to slit its throat, saying, “You going to learn to fight,” according to a Chattanooga Police Department report. Frederick Lamar Madden, of Chattanooga, faces a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. The dog, which appeared to be uninjured, was taken to McKamey Animal Center Wednesday night. Contributed photo

A 50-year-old man is accused of choking a dog on a chain leash and threatening to slit its throat, saying, “You going to learn to fight,” according to a Chattanooga Police Department report.

Frederick Lamar Madden, of Chattanooga, faces a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals. The dog, a pit-bull mix that appeared to be uninjured, was taken to McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center Wednesday night.

A woman contacted police after she witnessed the incident, which took place in the front yard of a residence at 1407 Wheeler Ave., the report said. When officers arrived, a knife was found near Madden who said he did not have a knife, according to the report.

Madden, who posted bond, has his next court date set for March 23 before General Sessions Court Judge Ronald Durby.

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