Sailor faces animal cruelty charge

October 06, 2017 11:35 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS -  As animal abuse cases go, it's hard to imagine anything more disturbing or unsettling happening to any animal than what happened to a defenseless Boston Terrier named Riko early Monday morning.

The final hours of Riko's life were filled with unspeakable torture and pain, according to Saratoga Springs Police.

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"The punishment that dog went through was not fitting for any animal," said Lieutenant Bob Jillson, of the Saratoga Springs Police Department. "I can't wrap my head around what this dog went through. It's a young dog, one to two years, and from what we gathered so far it's otherwise healthy."

For some unknown reason, Riko bit its master, 30-year old Aaron Brinkley, on his hand inside Brinkley's apartment on Quiet Harbor Drive, a gated town house development on the west side of town, a neighborhood built for active duty sailors and their families stationed at the nearby Navy yard.

With his hand bleeding, Brinkley headed to the Saratoga Hospital emergency room around 3:00 A.M. Friday morning where police say he began "spouting off" about disciplining his dog for what it had done.

"It was enough to grab somebody's curiosity so they made the right choice to give the police department a call," Jillson said.

And so police headed to Brinkley's apartment where they found Riko dead on the back balcony. They say Brinkley repetedly beat Riko by kicking him, hitting him, and striking him with a hammer. They say there was blood throughout the apartment.

"What we see as a chain of events," Jillson explains, "the discipline started in the house, in several areas of the house, and continued onto the deack."

Jillson says he wishes Brinkley had chose a better option.

"There's measures in place," he says, "We have animal control officers. Cops respond to peoples houses. You can put a dog in a contained areas if you have problems controlling it. Call us, we're the police, we're here to help you but for this dog to go through what it did, I can't put it together.

Brainkley is charged with a single Class E felony, Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. He was freed from the Saratoga County Jail on Friday evening after posting $15,000 bail.

His next court date is set for Tuesday, October 10th.


Dan Levy

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