CICERO, N.Y. -- Dozens of pages full of detailed arguments against the town of Cicero supervisor. The purpose -- asking the town board to investigate the supervisor's conduct in making the 2017 decision to euthanize a dog being held for evidence in an animal cruelty case.
"The dog has been horribly abused and I'm told is suffering and the town of Cicero may lose it's contract with CNY Veterinary Services and there will be nowhere to bring the dogs," said Cicero Town Supervisor Mark Venesky.
In October of 2017, Elroy Merkel was arrested in Bridgeport and charged with animal cruelty. Two pit bulls were seized from him, including one named "Ruckus," according to Merkel's attorney. The town of Cicero shares services with the town of Clay, including its dog control officers and boarding at CNY Veterinary Services.
"They wanted the dogs out of there or they were going to cancel the contract with the town of Clay and the town of Cicero," said Venesky.
"But I know the judge didn't want to give up on the dog, every day up to December 1 we had to tranquilize that dog heavily, two to three times a day, to clean the cage and take it out, even with the rabies pole because even with the tranquilizer the dog was pretty aggressive," said CNY Veterinary Services former owner John Davis.
The dog was held by the district attorney's office as evidence. On November 6, CNY Veterinary Services sought a court order to euthanize the dog from the Cicero Town Court.
On November 17, a vet employee called the town of Clay, where a town clerk's note says the staff member said the clinic was "going to have to cut off dog control as they have no area to place dogs."
On December 1, Cicero Supervisor Mark Venesky sent a letter to the clinic writing: "the right thing needs to be done by euthanizing the poor animal to prevent further suffering."
Merkel's attorney says he and his client did not learn about the euthanization of Ruckus until afterward. In January Merkel's attorney sought an order that "commanded destruction of the dog," from Cicero Town Court.
A response letter from the court said the Cicero Justice did not issue the order, Supervisor Venesky did.
"I stood up to the plate and made the decision to have this dog put down. Not the DA, not the Animal Rights Attorney, not the town judge said one word to Mark Venesky," said Venesky.
"No people involved in this had the legal authority to have that dog killed," said Cicero Resident Robert George.
Attorney and Cicero resident, Robert George filed the multi-page complaint asking the town board to investigate Venesky. George also says he's Venesky's former campaign manager, though Venesky says that's untrue. He says George only provided him with solicited and unsolicited advice a few times.
Reporter: "It almost seems like you have a political vendetta."
George: "We are disappointed with Supervisor Venesky's conduct. That's why we've alleged repeated misconduct against him."
He says Venesky's decision was "unlawful" saying only a judge, or the owner of the dog could issue the euthanization order under New York state law.
"This case is something I had nothing to do with. No one forced Mark Venesky to kill this dog but he did," said George.
"If I broke a law -- I'm not saying I did break a law -- but I am telling you that I did the right thing," said Venesky.