A preliminary hearing for a 30-year-old former Wellsville police officer who is accused of animal cruelty has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 8 in Douglas County District Court in Lawrence.

Jacob D. Stus, a former Baldwin City resident who now resides in Sitka, Alaska, faces a felony count of animal cruelty and two misdemeanor counts of interference with law enforcement. He made his first appearance in district court Friday, at which time a judge scheduled the preliminary hearing.

Stus was arrested Dec. 12 when he turned himself in to law enforcement officials at the Douglas County Jail in Lawrence. He remains free on $2,000 bond, according to the jail’s booking report.

The animal cruelty and interference with law enforcement charges stem from a June 19 incident in which Stus was accused of beating and killing an animal that came onto his property in Baldwin City.

The Douglas County Attorney’s Office issued a warrant Sept. 27 for Stus’ arrest on the animal cruelty and interference with law enforcement charges, according to court documents.

Steve Gillespie, Wellsville police chief, confirmed Stus was a police officer with the Wellsville department when the alleged crime occurred but resigned in August, according to initial news reports.