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Man accused of slitting donkey’s throat at large

DeKALB – A rural DeKalb man accused of slitting a donkey’s throat is still at large.

Peter H. Neumann, 31, is charged with animal cruelty, typically punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison.

Neumann tied up the donkey in the barn on a property south of Cortland, where he’d been living temporarily as an employee, and slashed the animal’s throat just after 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office.

The donkey’s cries got the attention of the farm owner, who ran to the barn with another employee, and found the animal covered in blood.

DeKalb County Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan said Neumann is homeless and it’s been hard to track him down.

Neumann’s DeKalb County criminal history includes numerous traffic offenses and some misdemeanor charges, but no felony charges.

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