MILAN, Pa. (WETM) – Richard Armitage, 50, has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly cutting off a dog’s tail.

Pennsylvania State Police responded to the 2800 block of Route 220 in Ulster for a report of a man swinging a white dog in circles around his head with a harness, causing the dog to yelp.

During the investigation, police discovered that the dog’s tail had been cut off several weeks ago and that its wound had not healed properly. State Police say that Armitage admitted to cutting the dog’s tail off with a knife and giving it Tylenol, but never took it to a vet.

The dog was brought to the Bradford County Humane Society for care where a veterinarian told police the dog would need surgery.

Armitage was arraigned in District Court and is facing additional charges.