A Delaware County Sheriff’s Office investigation into animal cruelty and an order of protection violation has resulted in the arrest of a Town of Tompkins man who is facing multiple charges. According to the Sheriff's Office, the animal cruelty incident happened on Aug. 25, 2020 and at that time, the Delaware County Family Court issued an order of protection on behalf of a woman against 30-year-old Christopher L. Baird. The woman, who resides in the Town of Colchester later contacted authorities saying Baird violated the order. Baird is charged with criminal contempt, harassment plus 4 counts of torturing and injuring animals. Baird was released on appearance tickets, returnable to the Town of Colchester Court on a later date for further court process.

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