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Last updated: Mon. Jan. 28, 2013 - 08:37 am EDT

Roanoke man, 19, charged in goat mutilation

Roanoke man, 19, charged in mutilation of 3 animals

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FORT WAYNE — When the man went outside to feed his three goats, he found them bleeding and suffering from what looked like deep stab wounds.

By the time police arrived, the goats were dead.

Now, a Roanoke teenager is facing charges related to killing the goats, which were kept at a home less than a half mile from his family’s home.

Tanner A. Macy, 19, of the 15000 block of U.S. 24 West, is preliminarily charged with three felony counts of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.

He’s also facing one felony count of obstruction of justice, accused of trying to take evidence from his home after police taped off the crime scene.

The animal killings came to light when Allen County sheriff’s officers were called to a home in the 7700 block of West County Line Road South in southwest Allen County about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

There, officers met with the owner of the goats, who said they were bleeding but alive when he went out to their pen. He also noticed footprints that did not belong to him.

The goats, which soon died, “had sustained multiple injuries that would be consistent with using a very large knife or object that can make major lacerations to the animals,” officer Gerald Hogan of the sheriff’s department wrote in an Allen Superior Court probable cause affidavit.

Officers tracked the footprints leading from the pen and in between several houses to the garage door at Macy’s home, according to the affidavit.

As officers parked outside the home, Macy’s mother began driving down the driveway toward them in a black Cadillac Escalade.

She told the officers her son was inside the home, at which point they went in and spoke with him.

“The defendant was told why we were there and really didn’t seem surprised by what we told him,” Hogan wrote in the affidavit.

Officers surrounded the home in police tape and took Macy to police headquarters downtown for questioning.

But just as officers were about to begin asking what happened, Macy’s lawyer called, according to the affidavit.

The attorney did not want Macy to answer any questions, so police returned him to his family, who were now staying at another home in Roanoke.

Then, while officers were waiting for a search warrant to enter the taped-off home belonging to Macy’s family, they were approached by a neighbor. This neighbor said Macy was seen driving a black Cadillac Escalade through the neighborhood.

He was also spotted ducking under the police tape before entering the back of his parents’ home, according to the affidavit.

Macy then left with something tucked under his shirt, the neighbor said in the affidavit.

In the back of the home, officers found more footprints.

When they went to where Macy and his family were staying, the teen’s mother at first told police her son was with her the entire time, according to the affidavit. Then she told officers she thought her son removed a “pipe” from the home.

Officers noticed that the shoes Macy was wearing at the time matched the footprints they found at the back of the home, so they arrested him on the obstruction of justice charge.

They also impounded the Cadillac Escalade to search it for evidence and then went inside the home belonging to Macy’s family.

There, they found blood-stained shoes supposedly belonging to Macy that had tread matching the footprints left around the goat pen.

They also confiscated a pair of jeans that appeared to have dried blood on them, court records said.

At some point after being booked into Allen County Lockup on the animal torture charges, Macy posted $10,000 bond and has since been released.

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