ADA — An Ada teen-ager recently arrested on charges for the suspicion of cruelty to animals appeared in Pontotoc County Court Wednesday, but remains behind bars on a $50,000 bond.

Undersheriff Joe Glover said two-week Ada resident, Robert Lee Bailey, 19, formerly of California, was arrested Tuesday after Deputy Ronnie Sites concluded an investigation into a report of a missing pet poodle.

William Prowse, resident of the Country Lane Trailer Park, reported to PCSO Friday his 6-year-old female poodle, Sassy, was missing from his fenced yard, Glover said. Sites responded to the scene and began an investigation.

Glover said Prowse was notified Saturday by neighborhood children of a large amount of fresh blood inside a nearby abandoned trailer house. Prowse inspected the house and found Sassy dead under the trailer. According to Glover, she was inside a drain hole and apparently died from a lacerated throat. 

After Sassy's discovery Sites interviewed several witnesses in the area who reported observing Bailey entering the abandoned trailer around the time the dog disappeared. Glover said witnesses also reported seeing Bailey with blood stains on his hands. Based on the information obtained by Sites, Bailey was transported to the PCSO for questioning and subsequently arrested Tuesday. 

Glover said Bailey first denied any involvement with the dog or her death. Wednesday, Glover interviewed Bailey at the PCSO Jail where he confessed to the crime. Bailey admitted to taking Sassy from Prowse's yard and killing her at the abandoned trailer house, Glover said. 

"Cruel and senseless crimes like this will not be tolerated in this county," Sheriff Pete Peterson said. Peterson said he credits the excellent work by Sites in apprehending this suspect. 

Glover said Bailey appeared before Judge John D. Miller Wednesday and learned he was formally charged with larceny of a domestic animal and cruelty to animals. Bailey's bond was set at $50,000 for both felony charges.