A Farmington man was arrested Monday after witnesses told police he had performed a sex act on a dog.

Albert B. Farmer, 24, was arrested on the class D misdemeanor of cruelty to animals, Farmington Police Department secretary Bonnie Pomeroy said.

Police learned about the alleged abuse after being called to an apartment at 82 High St. around 5 p.m. Monday.

Sgt. Michael Adcock and Officer Darin Gilbert did not find an instance domestic violence assault, as had been initially reported, but during the investigation a witness told police she had seen Farmer abuse the dog recently, Pomeroy said.

Pomeroy said police found multiple witnesses who reported seeing the alleged incident, and they reported to police that there had been multiple incidents.

She said when Farmer was interviewed by police, he was forthcoming about describing his alleged abuse of the dog.

The dog belonged to one of the witnesses and remained in their custody, and Farmer no longer had contact with it.

After his arrest, he was taken to the Franklin County Detention Center, where he was released on his personal recognizance. His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 24.

The charge of class D cruelty to animals is punishable by up to a year of incarceration and a $2,000 fine.

Kaitlin Schroeder — 861-9252

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