James Craddock, a former seasonal City of Buffalo employee in the Parks Department, faced a judge in State Supreme Court for stabbing a pitbull in September.
He was arraigned before Judge William Boller, facing charges of aggravated animal cruelty for stabbing a dog, menacing in the 2nd degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd degree for making threatening moves against the dog's female owner.
Craddock pleaded not guilty and is being kept on $7,500 bail set in Buffalo City Court.
District Attorney John Flynn said, "This guy's biggest problem now is he has a DA that's a dog lover. His behavior was unacceptable." Flynn also says Craddock's menacing and criminal possession of a weapon charges would have been misdemeanors, but because of Craddock's history of convictions, they were raised.
He was fired from his position within the Parks Department.