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Police: Hudson Valley Man Beat Dog, Tried to Crash Into Car With Kids Inside


A Hudson Valley man is accused of beating a dog and trying to ram his car into another car with four children inside.


On Monday, deputies from the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call regarding a dispute at a home in the Town of Esopus.

Police were told that 45-year-old Frank W. Cogswell of Port Ewen beat a dog and fled the scene in a car.

Deputies were provided a vehicle description and soon found the car allegedly being driven recklessly on Salem Street in Port Ewen.

A further investigation revealed that prior to leaving the scene, during an argument with family members, Cogswell struck a dog, causing injuries to the animal’s face, police say.

After Cogswell’s family members tried to leave the scene, he is accused of following them and attempted to strike the other vehicle with his own car.

The victim’s car was occupied by several people at the time, including four children, police say.

Cogswell was charged with six-counts of reckless endangerment, four-counts of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless driving, torturing or injuring an animal, all misdemeanors, and traffic infractions.

Cogswell was arraigned in the Town of Esopus Justice Court and remanded to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $30,000 secured bond to return to the Town of Esopus Court on a later date.

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