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Animal cruelty charges filed against Jefferson County man

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BIG RUN – A Jefferson County man will be facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly mistreating his dog and breaking its leg.

State Police say a neighbor of 27-year-old Brett Peffer of Big Run witnessed Peffer throwing the dog from the top steps of his porch to the ground, and also kicking the four-to-six-month-old Australian Shepherd earlier this year.

When police arrived at Peffer’s home, they reportedly observed that the dog’s front leg was injured and swollen.

A veterinarian later confirmed that the dog suffered a fractured leg, and it likely would have been caused by some type of trauma

. Peffer’s preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.