(01/06/2019)
A Parkersburg man who threw his dog out of a hotel window in February, 2018, was sentenced on an animal cruelty charge on Thursday in Wood County Circuit Court.

Christian Kyle Cottrell, 27, of Parkersburg, who has also lived in Calhoun, was sentenced to one to five years in prison, with credit of 215 days served.

He was also ordered to pay restitution of $546 to the Parkersburg Humane Society.

Investigators say last February, witnesses saw Cottrell threw his 2-month-old dog out of a second floor window at the Comfort Inn in Parkersburg.

Cottrell told police he threw the dog out the window because it "did nothing but cry all the time."

The dog was treated at a local animal hospital and was cared for by the Parkersburg Humane Society.

Calhoun State Police arrested Cottrell last year and charged him with multiple counts related to strangulation and child abuse.

Cottrell, who resided on Sears Run, was charged in Calhoun with the strangulation of his significant other and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury to a two-year-old toddler, the son of his girlfriend.

He was also charged with DUI-2nd. The female victim came to Grantsville to seek a domestic violence petition. Sgt. C. J. Weekley said Cottrell attacked his girlfriend, "Defendant picked her up and threw he on her bed... choking her until everything went black."

The criminal complaint says when she came to, Cottrell shoved her to the ground, "wrapped his arms around her throat until almost all her air was gone."

In the complaint, police said they identified injuries to the woman.

The two-year-old infant boy was examined by medical personnel, the child having multiple bruises, bite marks and bruises "over all areas of the body."

The strangulation charge carries a fine of not more than $2,500 or imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one year nor more five years, or both fined and imprisoned.

Child abuse by a parent or guardian resulting in serious bodily injury, fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000 and committed to to the custody of the Division of Correction of not less than two nor more than 10 years.

He is in Central Regional Jail.


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