Update on Atkind Trial, Cornell Student Abused and Blinded Dog

It looks like someone is taking this vicious crime seriously! Could a Dogster's petition have helped shine the light on this heinous act? Follow this...

Joy  |  Apr 12th 2007


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It looks like someone is taking this vicious crime seriously! Could a Dogster’s petition have helped shine the light on this heinous act?

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Cornell Student Tortures and Blinds Dog! You Can Sign Petition to Make Sure Hes Punished!

Thanks to Star-Gazette.com for this article.

Accused dog-abuser transferred to county jail
23-year-old posts bail in Tioga Co.

By Raymond Drumsta
Gannett News Service

ITHACA Accused dog-abuser Alexander H. Atkind is being held in the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Atkind was transferred to Tompkins County after he posted $5,000 bail in Tioga County on Thursday, where he was being held on the charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Class B felony.

Atkind, a 23-year-old Cornell University student from the Boston area, allegedly beat the dog and poured bleach on it, leaving it with diminished eyesight for life. He is charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals in violation of a section of the state Agriculture and Markets law, a misdemeanor.

Atkind is accused of abusing the dog a black-and-white, 30-pound Labrador-pit bull mix named Princess on or about March 8. On March 17, deputies investigating a car accident in Nichols found hallucinogenic mushrooms” in his possession, Tioga County Sheriffs officials said. He was arraigned and remanded to Tioga County Jail on $5,000 bail.

At Atkinds high-profile arrangement on the misdemeanor in Ithaca City Court on March 23, Tompkins County District Attorney Gwen Wilkinson was granted a 30-day adjournment in order to present a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals a Class E felony against Atkind to a grand jury.

Citing the expectation of the felony charge being filed and Atkinds tenuous connection with Ithaca,” Judge Judith Rossiter set Atkinds bail at $20,000.

Atkind is scheduled to appear in Ithaca City Court on April 25, and his drug charge is pending in Nichols Town Court.

While she didnt know specifics, Tompkins County SPCA Executive Director Abigail Smith said Princess visited the veterinarian last week and is making progress.