Police said a man was arrested at a Pennsylvania fair for using a dog leash to walk his wife, who has late-stage dementia. Walter William Wolford Sr., 66, of Hagerstown, Maryland, was charged with one count of simple assault at the York Fair on Saturday, after a witness told police they saw Wolford leading his wife, Catherine Wolford, around the fairgrounds with dog leash about 8 feet long, the York Daily Record reports.
At one point, Wolford was spotted yanking the leash, causing his wife’s head to “move backward and for her to sustain red marks around her throat area,” according to police documents.
Wolford was released from custody after posting $5,000 unsecured bail, according to the newspaper. He’s due to return to court on Oct. 18, court records show. Wolford maintained he never meant any harm to his wife.