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Man accused of dumping mutilated animal ordered to appear in court

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A judge ordered a criminal complaint summons to a man believed to be involved in the mutilation and dumping of a dead animal.

Louisville Metro Animal Services has been investigating a report of a beheaded animal left on the concrete next to a dumpster behind a Valero gas station in Valley Station in December.

[PREVIOUS STORY: LMAS: Not sure mutilated animal was a dog]

It was originally thought the animal was a dog, but LMAS later said the animal was so mangled it may have been a coyote.

According to the court summons, LMAS received an anonymous tip that Jamey Glenn Osterhoudt, 34, was responsible for dumping the animal.

As LMAS investigated the claim, they said Osterhoudt admitted to the crime in a written statement, saying his minor son killed the animal but he was the one who removed its head and tail before trying to dispose of it.

Osterhoudt was looking for a dumpster to get rid of the body, but the one at Valero was locked so he left it on the ground, he said in his statement.

The summon was served January 11. Osterhoudt is expected to appear in court February 21 to face a misdemeanor criminal littering charge and violation of a dumping ordinance.

LMAS said they should know in the next two weeks if the animal was coyote or a dog. If it was a dog, more charges could come. If it was indeed a coyote, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife said a coyote is a wildlife animal. If the alleged coyote was a nuisance, it is legal to kill it. While it may sound gruesome that the animal was dismembered, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife said it is not unusual for people to do that if they hunt.

WAVE 3 News did try to contact Osterhoudt, but were not successful.

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