Columbus crime: Animal cruelty allegation leads to massive pot bust

A call about a dog possibly being shot led to officers discovering a pot growing operation worth more than $100,000, police said.

Two officers responded to 1420 Maplebrook Drive around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday about a 2-year-old black Pitbull that had been shot, police said. When they arrived, they spoke with the suspect, identified police as Wesley E. Sealy, 32.

Reports state that the dog had two gunshot wounds in its neck. The suspect had scratches and bite marks on his left wrist.

Police said the suspect spoke with officers and that all three went inside his home. Once inside, officers spotted what appeared to be a marijuana grow room.

Columbus police’s Special Operations unit then became involved, police said. According to reports, 15 marijuana plants and 55 seedlings totalling $137,000 were found in the home.

Sealy was arrested and charged with possession/distribution/manufacturing marijuana, cruelty to animals and discharging a firearm, reports state. His brother, Frank Sealy, 42, also faces a charge of possession/distribution/manufacturing marijuana, said Capt. Gil Slouchick.

Both have Columbus Recorder’s Court hearings scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.